A Summer Story

A Summer Story is a beautifully made pastoral romance, skillfully adapted from a John Galsworthy story, The Apple Tree.

With:
Imogen Stubbs James Wilby Kenneth Colley Sophie Ward Susannah York Jerome Flynn

A Summer Story is a beautifully made pastoral romance, skillfully adapted from a John Galsworthy story, The Apple Tree.

Screen version is set in Devon in 1902, portraying the ill-fated romance one summer between weak-willed young barrister Ashton (James Wilby, perfectly cast) and a lovely country lass Megan (newcomer Imogen Stubbs).

Holed up at a country farm on holiday due to a sprained ankle, Ashton procrastinates, delaying his departure due to a crush on Megan. Shortly after they consummate the relationship, he heads for home via the resort at Torquay and procrastinates again, lolling with a beautiful sister (Sophie Ward) of an old school chum he meets there rater than returning quickly to fetch Megan as promised.

Stage actress Stubbs is a real find as the heartbroken heroine, bringing a modern strength to the period role, while Wilby is a sympathetic version of the archetypal weak young aristocrat.

A Summer Story

UK - US

Production: ITC. Director Piers Haggard; Producer Danton Rissner; Screenplay Penelope Mortimer; Camera Kenneth MacMillan; Editor Ralph Sheldon; Music Georges Delerue; Art Director Leo Austin

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Imogen Stubbs James Wilby Kenneth Colley Sophie Ward Susannah York Jerome Flynn

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