Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973) Film Review B-

Summer Wishes Winter Dreams
DIRECTOR: Gilbert Cates
BOTTOM LINE: Rita Walden, played beautifully by Joanne Woodward, in what may be her best performance (Oscar nomination and the second of her three NYFCC awards for Best Actress), is about to go through a midlife crisis triggered by the death of her mother (a marvelous Sylvia Sidney who was also Oscar-nominated). Oh, and her son Bobby (Ron Rickards), who has moved incommunicado to Amsterdam, is gay. Great work, too, by Martin Balsam as Woodward’s husband, an ophthalmologist, and a WWII veteran, whose character becomes more interesting as the film moves into its second half.


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