That Certain Summer (1972)

The first US teleplay to deal sympathetically with homosexuality. Divorced San Francisco contractor Doug Salter is looking forward to a summer visit from his fourteen-year-old son Nick, who lives in Los Angeles with his mother Janet. The boy does not know that his father is gay and committed to Gary McClain, his life partner of several years.

Director: Lamont Johnson.
Stars: Hal Holbrook, Martin Sheen, Joe Don Baker, Marlyn Mason, Scott Jacoby, Hope Lange, James McEachin, Clarke Gordon, Jan Shepard, Carolyn Bueno, Myron Natwick, Patti MacLeod.

1973 Golden Globes – Winner of Award for Best Movie made for TV.

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3 Comments

  1. Doctor Go
    December 23, 2018
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    Thanks for sharing this TV movie!

  2. December 25, 2018
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    Thanks so much for finding this!

  3. Ken F
    April 29, 2019
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    Thanks for posting this! I saw it when I was 10 and remember it vividly. Mostly a very positive look at homosexuality. Vito Russo’s book The Celluloid Closet points out that Holbrook’s line at the end about some people regarding being gay as a disease and that he’d have chosen otherwise if he could was to placate part of the audience who might think that. Other than that, a very normal look at gay life. Can’t wait to re-watch it.

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