That One Summer

DVD Release: July 1, 2005
That One Summer


Otis Garner (Ernest Borgnine) was in his fifties when he walked out on his wife and kids. During a bittersweet reunion with his son Ted (Mike Sullivan) thirty years later, Otis hears a story about one special summer when Ted struggled with his own breaking point. An ambitious flashback shows the overworked Ted pressured to make time for his own young son Mike, (Kevin Bulmann) and his buddy Andy, (Michael Stephens) who want to spend the summer making some movies.

Finally realizing the importance of getting involved, Ted gives in and helps the kids create a very special film based on a classic Native American legend, The Sleeping Bear. Ted gets help from some unusual characters including a colorful tugboat captain, a man who has bears as pets, a Native American storyteller, and many others. Together they all help the boys with their film, and along the way, demonstrate the true meaning of friendship.

Dove Review

This is an excellent movie for families, especially fathers and sons. Rich Brauer does a superb job showing the importance of a parent’s involvement in their kid’s activities. Many parents struggle to find time for their children, due to their strenuous work schedule, and this film shows the immense reward in getting involved. The film also demonstrates how forgiving people are, as Ted doesn’t begrudge his father for walking out thirty years ago.

Viewers will enjoy the different characters in this movie. Laughter will be brought out by an eccentric tugboat captain, and many will be captivated by the “Sleeping Bear” legend. This film also teaches the importance of friendship in the relationships developed between the family and people who helped Mike with his movie. Families will greatly enjoy “That One Summer,” no matter the season.

Read an Interview with Producer Richard Brauer: A True Flashback – The Brauer Way

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: Woman shown smoking cigarette.
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: Brauer Productions
Writer: Dave Murphy and Richard Brauer
Director: Richard Brauer
Producer: Richard Brauer
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 84 min.
Reviewer: Bradley B. Klinge