Summer is the time for camp, the beach, a summer romance and getting ready for college. Now is the time to remember some of the best summer movies ever.
American Graffiti (1973) is George Lucas’ only film that is not set in the future. A charming film about a group of high schoolers the night before some of them leave for college. A precursor for Happy Days, it is a reminder of what we thought it was like when your mother vacuumed while wearing her pearls. An amazing cast starring Ron Howard (when he was still an actor), Richard Dreyfus, Candy Clark and Cindy Williams. It is also fun to see the feature film debuts (or close to it) for Harrison Ford, Mackenzie Phillips and Suzanne Somers, everyone is SO young. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Candy Clark), Best Original Screenplay (George Lucas, Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck) and Best Film Editing.
Grease (1978) is the ultimate summer lovin’ movie. The excellent pairing of John Travolta and Olivia Newton John made this musical an instant classic. Stockard Channing and Didi Conn are perfect foils (good and bad) to Newton-John’s sugar sweet Sandy. Usually the bursting into song and dance is not my thing, but in this movie, everything was so good I just loved it. Based on the Broadway hit by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, with a $6M budget, this filmed grossed over $385M worldwide.
In my opinion, Dirty Dancing (1987) is one of the sexiest movies. And that is without actually showing anything. Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey are perfect as the experienced dance instructor and his wide eyed “I Can Save the World” student. Kelly Bishop, Cynthia Rhodes and Jerry Orbach also give stand out performances. The music (Academy Award for Best Song) and dancing make this movie one that you can watch over and over again. I think I saw it 5 times in the theater. Kellerman’s looks like a great place to take the family for the summer. Some tradition should not have gone by the wayside.