Five Days One Summer
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Five Days One Summer
Fred Zinnemann's final film is a meditative examination of an illicit May-December romance, set in the mountain expanse of the Swiss Alps. Sean Connery plays Douglas, a middle-aged Scottish doctor on vacation in the Alps in 1932 with a beautiful and fresh-faced young woman, Kate (Betsy Brantley), whom he introduces as his wife. Douglas has taken Kate to the Alps to introduce her to the invigorating sport of mountain climbing. When Douglas and Kate arrive at the mountain lodge, their happiness is tempered by a knowing melancholy. Through flashbacks, it is revealed that Kate has been madly… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An attempt at an intimate personal drama that just doesn't come off."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Too bad that the Oscar-winning Fred Zinnemann (From Here to Eternity) ended his career with such a disappointing period romance, one that even Sean Connery (in his post-Bond era) can't help."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A film which creates drama more out of gesture and nuance than dialogue, and employs a lush setting which overwhelms instead of pointing up the characters' emotions."
‑ , Time Out
"Fred Zinnemann waited 40 years to make this surprisingly lifeless film, a major disappointment from the acclaimed director."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"This isn't a movie anyone would mind, but it isn't one anyone would feel terribly touched by, either."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A gentle swansong from director Zinnemann."
‑ , Film4
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