That Certain Summer

Gay Essential Films To Watch, That Certain Summer

Two-time Emmy award winner Lamont Johnson’s 1972 made-for-TV movie That Certain Summer is recognized as one of the first television movies to address homosexuality in an everyday context. The movie, starring Hal Holbrook, Martin Sheen, and Scott Jacoby, describes the pivotal summer vacation in which teenage boy discovers that his father is gay, and has up to that point kept his orientation hidden from his son.