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Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (Columbia 1973, Martin Balsam, Joanne Woodward)

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Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams is a fine, quiet drama about a middle-aged woman (Joanne Woodward) who begins to dwell on childhood memories after the death of her mother (Sylvia Sidney) as she slowly works herself into a deep depression.

Her husband (Martin Balsam) tries to find the meaning in his life when he also explores the pasthis terrifying experiences during WWII.

Sylvia Sidney, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, was making her first theatrical screen appearance in 17 years when she agreed to appear in Gilbert Cates’s film.

Academy Award Nominations: Best Actress: Joanne Woodward; Best Supporting Actress: Sylvia Sidney.

production details
USA | Columbia | 93 minutes | 1973
Director: Gilbert Cates
Script: Stewart Stern,

cast
Martin Balsam as Harry Walden
Sylvia Sidney as Mrs. Pritchard – Rita’s Mother
Joanne Woodward as Rita Walden
Tresa Hughes as Betty Goody
Dori Brenner as Anna
Ron Richards as Bobby Walden