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Echoes of a Summer (1976)

A couple, whose daughter has a life-threatening heart condition, decides to make her last days of life as meaningful for her as possible by taking her to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia.

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Don Taylor

Writers:

Robert L. Joseph (play), Robert L. Joseph (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Harris ... Eugene Striden
Lois Nettleton ... Ruth Striden
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Sara
William Windom ... Dr. Hallet
Jodie Foster ... Deirdre Striden
Brad Savage ... Philip
Robert L. Joseph Robert L. Joseph ... Druggist
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Storyline

The eleven-year-old Deirdre suffers from an incureable heart trouble. For two years, her parents Eugene and Ruth have consulted heart specialists - but without any success. Now they have gone to Mahone Bay in Canada, to arrange for her last days as pleasant as possible. The nine-year-old neighbour boy Phillip is the only one who brings a little happiness into the home, because Deirdre knows exactly whats wrong with her. After she suffered from an acute attack and the end comes faster than everybody had thought, Deirdre and Phillip succeed in celebrating the twelfth birthday of the girl as a day of joy. Written by Thomas Manhardt <Thomas.Manhardt@wu-wien.ac.at>

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A film that will make you sigh...cry...and still feel good all over. See more »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 1976 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Castle See more »

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Budget:

CAD 900,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Astral Films, Beata, Castle See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally called "The Last Castle", that is also the title of the theme song, written and sung by Sir Richard Harris. See more »

Quotes

Deirdre Striden: If only I could be old, old for one day, twenty-five years old. Even a day of problems, a trip to the obstetrician or a marriage counselor, a secret day with a married man. Just to be twenty-five for a flash. That would hold me forever.
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The Last Castle
Written and Performed by Richard Harris
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Lovely, if somewhat monotonous, treatise on the realities of death...
27 January 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

When Jodie Foster-admirers discuss her long career, this title usually gets left out. It's a simple, sentimental story of an ill young girl and the effects her strength and will has on the people around her. Richard Harris is a bit heavy as her father (and I could have done without his non-singing over the credits: "Deeer-draaah!"), but Foster makes the most of her scenes, particularly with William Windom as a doctor surprised by her maturity and Brad Savage as a local boy who's curious about sex (they hold hands and lie together on the beach in a stunningly delicate moment). Based on the flop Broadway play "Isle of Children", which starred a post-"Miracle Worker" Patty Duke, the movie gets a little hectic in its final stages as the filmmakers try to wrap up the story with a birthday party sequence I didn't much care for. Still worth-seeing for Foster, luminous at eleven years and holding this picture together. **1/2 from ****


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