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Five Days One Summer [DVD]

Sean Connery , Betsy Brantley , Fred Zinnemann    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Betsy Brantley, Lambert Wilson, Jennifer Hilary, Isabel Dean
  • Directors: Fred Zinnemann
  • Writers: Kay Boyle, Michael Austin
  • Producers: Fred Zinnemann, Peter Beale
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 12 May 2006
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F1IIHG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,566 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Region 2 Spanish import, plays in English without subtitles.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zinneman's Hymn to his Youth. 20 Nov 2009
Fred Zinneman the director of this film did not make many films in his long career, but included in it were such classics as "High Noon", "From Here to Eternity" and "A man for all Seasons". His last film "Five Days Last Summer" is a gentler and less well known film. This was a more personal project for Zinneman which took him back to his youth when he climbed in his native Austria at around the same period that this film is set. Once when asked about his own personal idea of happiness, he said, "To sit on top of the Matterhorn, wondering how the hell I would ever get down". It was a dream that remained unfulfilled, but he did get back to his beloved Alps to make this film.

The film is set in Switzerland in 1932. A Scottish doctor played by Sean Connery arrives in a Swiss resort with his beautiful young wife played by Betsy Brantley. He has brought her on vacation to Switzerland to enjoy the exhilarating sport of mountaineering. However things are not all they seem with the couple as we begin to learn in flashbacks. Matters are then complicated when the young wife is attracted to the younger and debatably more virile charms of their local mountain guide played by Lambert Wilson.

The film is a beautiful evocation of the period as one would expect from someone who lived through it. The attention to period details in the costumes and the climbing equipment of the day is excellent. It reminds you of the film from the old Everest expeditions when the climbers posed for photo shoots in tweeds. It was indeed a golden age for mountaineering. There is one sad scene which I particularly recall, where a lost climber from many years gone by is recovered from a crevasse. This was not an uncommon occurrence and still occurs today.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you love a good mountain movie 3 Aug 2009
I agree to the former review.

It is a gem and you should be happy to be able to buy it. When in doubt do so because I also have the feeling it won't be around very long.

The screen ratio is 4:3, sound is mono and picture quality is indeed not the best, so for this I give it 4 stars in stead of 5.

It's a mountain movie. I simply love it.
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