Picks and Pans Review: Five Days One Summer

updated 11/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/22/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

To make this film, set high in the Swiss Alps near St. Moritz, director Fred (A Man for All Seasons) Zinnemann shot in caves and crevasses, during avalanches, on glaciers and sheer rock walls, in numbing temperatures at breathtaking altitudes, and from pitching helicopters. Too bad Zinnemann didn't have a better script to go with all the filmmaking heroics. Now 75, he says he wanted for more than 30 years to make a movie from Kay Boyle's story, Maiden, Maiden. This movie, the realization of that long-deferred ambition, concerns middle-aged doctor Sean Connery, his mountain-climbing guide, played by newcomer Lambert Wilson, and a young woman who loves both men, played by another new discovery, Betsy Brantley. Very little happens; two men climb a mountain, but only one comes down. And while the scenery alone should make this movie special, it is shot with a postcard sensibility that often makes the mountains seem familiar rather than forbidding. There is some entertainment, mostly provided by the charm of the two young actors. And Sean Connery plays Sean Connery just fine. (PG)

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