About Summer of ’67
Based on real life events, Summer of ’67 brings to life the turbulent times of the sixties and the struggles faced by the men and women impacted by the Vietnam War. Young wife and mother Milly (Rachel Schrey) is forced to live with her mother-in-law while her husband Gerald (Cameron Gilliam) is away on the USS Forrestal. Kate (Bethany Davenport) must choose between Peter (Christopher Dalton) her high school sweetheart and Van (Sam Brooks) her new hippie boyfriend. Ruby Mae (Sharonne Lanier) finally finds true love with Reggie (Jerrold Edwards) only to have him whisked away by the draft. Each woman faces the question of whether or not their man will return, and even if he does, will life as they know it ever be the same?
June 29, 2018.
A powerful story of four women who, though connected in some way, face the difficulties of love and war on different paths that lead each woman to a place of deeper faith, God’s comfort, and a unity that binds them despite their individual pain, disagreements, discouragement, and sorrow that follow from the uncertainty of war.
Summer of ’67 paints the reality of the lives of those left behind by the brave soldiers that went off to fight for their country, and it does this without shirking off the struggles that arose because of it.
The message that there is hope of life during and after war for those left behind is inspiring: Daughters can be better and stronger than their mothers, family and friends can heal together, and more importantly, in life or in death, love can be preserved, protected, and brought back home with the help of God.
*Though I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. My deepest appreciation to the director of the movie, Sharon Wilharm, for a screening link that allowed me to view the movie in exchange for my honest opinion.