|The Long Days of Summer|
DVD cover art
|Written by||Hindi Brooks|
|Directed by||Dan Curtis|
|Narrated by||Charles Aidman|
|Music by||Walter Scharf|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Executive producer(s)||Dan Curtis|
|Running time||81 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Dan Curtis Productions|
|Original release||May 23, 1980|
The Long Days of Summer is a 1980 American made-for-television drama film and a sequel to When Every Day Was the Fourth of July (1978). Taking place one year later, the story follows now 13-year-old Danny (Ronnie Scribner, taking over the role played Chris Peterson in the 1978 film) and the Cooper family in 1938, as they begin to experience the effects of growing antisemitism in their small New England town, parallelling what is happening overseas in Hitler's Germany. The film was produced and directed by Dan Curtis and stars Dean Jones, Donald Moffat, Ronnie Scribner and Louanne.
In the summer of 1938 in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Jewish 13-year-old, Daniel Cooper (Ronnie Scribner) finds himself tangling with the bigoted playground bully, Freddy Landauer (David Baron). As the talk of Bridgeport centers around the pending rematch between boxing heavyweight champ Joe Louis and his German challenger Max Schmeling, Danny is challenged to a boxing match with the Landauer boy, to which he feels he has no choice but to accept. Paralleling his plight, Danny's father (Dean Jones) also begins to experience antisemitism when he takes in a Jewish boarder from Germany (Donald Moffat) who has come to the United States to warn of the increasing menace overseas in the form of Adolf Hitler. As Danny and his family are faced with their own pressures from within their small-town community, they must each make difficult decisions about standing up for what is right in the face of discrimination and intimidation.
- Dean Jones ... Ed Cooper
- Joan Hackett ... Millie Cooper
- Ronnie Scribner ... Daniel Cooper
- Louanne ... Sarah Cooper
- Donald Moffat ... Josef Kaplan
- Andrew Duggan ... Sam Wiggins
- David Baron ... Freddy Landauer Jr.
- Michael McGuire ... Lieutenant O'Hare
- Lee de Broux ... Fred Landauer Sr.
- Baruch Lumet ... Rabbi
- Gloria Calomee ... Clementine
- Leigh French ... Frances Haley
- John Karlen ... Duane Haley
- Tiger Williams ... Charlie Wilson
- Adam Gunn ... Howie Martin
- Brian Andrews ... Marty Albert
- Dan Appel ... Dave Zimmer (as Danny Appel)
- Dave Shelley ... Tom Wade
- Joseph G. Medalis ... Coach Dowd (as Joe Medalis)
- Stephen Roberts ... Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Richard Reicheg ... Bill Elliott
- Paula Brook ... June Riley
- Steve Wayne ... Butler
- Charles Aidman ... Narrator (uncredited)
When Every Day Was the Fourth of July originally aired on the NBC network and was intended to be a pilot for a potential series. However, when the series was not picked up, Curtis made The Long Days of Summer as a sequel, but this time airing on the ABC network instead.
Although a few of the original actors did return to reprise their roles, including Tiger Williams and Gloria Calomee, Dean Jones was the only lead to reprise his role, with the rest of the Cooper family portrayed by different actors for the sequel. Veteran film and television actor, Charles Aidman also returned to narrate as the voice of adult Danny, however he was uncredited in both films. Child actress Louanne was cast to take over the role of Sarah for the sequel, becoming her very first role before rising to stardom in such films as Oh, God! Book II and A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon.
As with the first film, the decision was made to shoot "Bridgeport, Connecticut" in California. Curtis returned to the same neighborhood in Echo Park, Los Angeles, and shot many of the outdoor scenes for the sequel in the same locations that were used in the original film.
|1980||Youth In Film Award
(now known as the Young Artist Award)
|Best TV Special for Family Entertainment||–||Nominated|||
- Dean Jones and Dan Curtis DVD Commentary, Released 2005
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- "2nd Annual Youth In Film Awards". Young Artist Awards. Archived from the original on 2015-04-14. Retrieved 2011-03-19.