That Certain Summer


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That Certain Summer is a 1972 American television movie directed by Lamont Johnson. The teleplay by Richard Levinson and William Link was the first to deal sympathetically with homosexuality. Produced by Universal Television, it was broadcast as an ABC Movie of the Week on November 1, 1972. A novelization of the film written by Burton Wohl was published by Bantam Books.

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. What the boy doesn't know is that his father is gay and committed to Gary McClain, his life partner of several years, who opts to move out temporarily in order to keep Nick's possible suspicions at bay. When he finds evidence of his father's secret life, the teen — filled with shame and disgust — runs away. Once reunited with his son, Doug attempts to explain his sexual orientation to him, with decidedly mixed results.

Principal cast

* Hal Holbrook ..... Doug Salter

* Martin Sheen ..... Gary McClain

* Scott Jacoby ..... Nick Salter

* Hope Lange ..... Janet Salter

* Joe Don Baker ..... Phil Bonner

Principal production credits

* Producers ..... Richard Levinson, William Link

* Original Music ..... Gil Melle

* Cinematography ..... Vilis Lapenieks

* Art Direction ..... William D. DeCinces

Who talked about this show

Michael Eisner

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Michael Eisner on the early days of ABC Movie of the week, such as That Certain Summer with Hal Holbrook, "it was the beginning of some consciousness in that era"

Hal Holbrook

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Hal Holbrook on appearing in the groundbreaking made-for-television movie That Certain Summer playing Martin Sheen's partner
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Hal Holbrook on positive public reaction to his playing a homosexual along with Martin Sheen in That Certain Summer
03:31

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on directing the groundbreaking gay drama That Certain Summer, starring Martin Sheen and Hal Holbrook
03:53

William Link

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William Link on writing and producing That Certain Summer
07:55

Alfred Schneider

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Alfred Schneider on negotiating the depiction of the controversial subject matter of That Certain Summer
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