ratings · Published: Dec 19th, 2018
In the spring of 1974, living alone in his late grandmother’s beach house, struggling artist and part-time lifeguard Alex Morgan is hurtling towards the age of thirty. Doubting his talent, tired of being broke and sexually frustrated, he fears another summer will pass in a haze of cigarettes, booze and thwarted ambition. All that changes, however, when jogging along an isolated stretch of beach one day, he spots a young man climbing the crumbling cliffs. Fearing he hasn’t seen the no trespassing sign, or worse, is heading up to commit suicide, Alex puts his own safety aside to go in pursuit of the man. This encounter on the cliffs of Sunset Cove leads Alex to meet Rick Stradman, the insecure but charming son of a major movie producer, who is seeking refuge from demons of his own. When Rick persuades Alex to rent the beach house to him for the summer, Alex reluctantly finds himself being seduced by Rick’s world of wealth and glamor. And, despite fighting their growing attraction, by Rick himself.
With a turbulent background of the oil crisis, rising gun crime, Watergate, the Alphabet Bomber and social unrest, "That Summer of '74" tells the story of two men who alter the course of each other’s lives. From the beaches of Southern California to the sound stages of Hollywood, Alex and Rick’s relationship flourishes in a golden summer of laughter, self-discovery and love, neither of them aware that scandal, heartache and death lay waiting in fall.