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Summer Lovers (1982)

A young American couple and a French woman engage in a threesome in the Greek Islands.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lina (as Valerie Quennessen)
Jean Featherstone
Barbara Foster
Hans van Tongeren ...
Jan Tolin
Lydia Lenosi ...
Yorghos (as Vladimiros Kiriakos)
Carlos Rodríguez Ramos ...
Rika Dialyna ...
Monica (as Rika Dialina)
Andreas Filippides ...
Andreas (as Andreas Filippidis)
Peter Pye ...
Joe Saunders
Janis Benjamin ...
Trish Saunders
Victor T. Salant ...
Brigitte Perbandt ...


A young American couple go to the Greek islands for the summer and are dazzled by the beauty and the uninhibited people surrounding them. The young man meets and begins an affair with a French woman, an archeologist working on a dig. The young American woman discovers this and goes to confront the other woman. The French woman is quite taken with the American woman's photographic work, and the three become very close. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Every year young people from all over the world come to the romantic Greek islands. Michael and Cathy came from America for one uncomplicated summer before facing the future. Lina came from France to enjoy the freedom of being alone...together they find an unexpected experience far beyond their fantasies. Randal Kleiser, director of Grease and The Blue Lagoon, now brings you his most provocative film, Summer Lovers. It's one summer you'll never forget. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

16 July 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Threesome  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$504,000, 18 July 1982, Limited Release

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When casting in Greece, the production company lucked into a surprise. 'Hans Van Tongeren', the noted Dutch actor who created a sensation in the USA in Paul Verhoeven's Spetters (1980), was enlisted from the ranks of summer visitors. Actress Daryl Hannah passed him on a street in Thira, recognized him, and importuned him to meet the director. Hans did, read the part of Jan, and joined the production. See more »


When Cathy, wakes alone the first night in their villa, she awakes naked. She wraps a sheet around her, calling for Michael. A moment, later she finds him on the balcony, she is wearing both a bathrobe and a t-shirt. See more »


Lina: People are like gas.
Cathy Featherstone: I beg your pardon?
Lina: Gas expands to fit the space and so do people.
Cathy Featherstone: I think I'll expand into the kitchen and fix dinner.
Lina: When there is not enough space, there is pressure.
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I fell in love with Valérie Quennessen.
17 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a great movie for those willing to throw caution to the wind and go for a ride. At first I was into it for the funky love-triangle. I wanted to see how it would turn out. As it progressed I found that I was paying less attention to the sexual aspects of the film and ended up lost in the eyes of Valérie Quennessen. Without a doubt she has the most beautiful soul I've ever seen in a woman's eyes.

The instant it ended I came to IMDb to see what else she's done. Then I learned the worst. Valérie died 10 years ago. I genuinely feel a loss in my heart.

I must be crazy...I must be in love.

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