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Dry Summer is a 1963 film from Turkey, directed by Metin Erksan.

Osman and his significantly younger brother Hasan are co-owners of a tobacco farm. They are the largest land-owners in the area. Their farm is also the site of a spring which is the main source of water for all the other small farms of the village; the water springs out of the ground on Osman and Hasan's property, then flows down a ravine into the flatlands around the village.

Osman, who is a thoroughly unpleasant person, decides one day to keep all the water from the spring to irrigate his own land. So, over the half-hearted objections of Hasan, Osman builds a dam and a drainage ditch that leaves all of his land irrigated but leaves all the other farmers dry. Tensions rise as Osman immediately becomes the most unpopular man in the village.

Meanwhile, Hasan is in love with Bahar, the prettiest girl in town. Her mother wants Bahar to wait to get married until after the harvest, but at Osman's urging, Hasan takes Bahar away from her home and they get married anyway. It soon becomes clear that Osman, who is a total creep, covets his brother's wife just as much as he covets all the water from the spring.


  • Blatant Lies: "I just fired into the air!", says Osman, after he shot his neighbor Sari Veli In the Back with a rifle after the villagers made a raid on Osman's dam.
  • Buxom Beauty Standard: Osman the sleazebag comments on Bahar's curvy figure, noting "She's filled out nicely." This is the first indication that Osman lusts for his brother's woman.
  • Dies Wide Open: A shot of Osman's corpse floating face up, staring at the sky, as it floats away down the ravine after Hasan opened the dam.
  • Greed: Osman. He doesn't really need to hog all the water; he just wants to keep it all for himself just because.
  • Hypocrite: Hasan's problem, as succinctly diagnosed by one of his cell mates in prison. His buddy notes that in his heart of hearts Hasan actually did want the water as much as Osman did, but felt guilty about it. So he settled for half-heartedly grousing about Osman's greed while not actually doing anything to stop his brother.
  • Impairment Shot: The picture does a couple of 360-degree spins as Bahar wails with grief after hearing that her husband died in prison. (He didn't.)
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Osman fires both barrels of a shotgun and six bullets from a revolver at Hasan and Bahar at close range near the end, and manages only to graze Bahar.
  • I Never Got Any Letters: One of the things Osman does to drive a wedge between Hasan and Bahar after Hasan goes to jail is to claim that Hasan isn't sending any letters. In fact, Osman is receiving the letters and ripping them up instead of giving them to Bahar.
  • Mustache Twirling Villain: Osman literally twirls the ends of his mustache before peeping through the wall at his sister-in-law as she undresses.
  • The Peeping Tom: Osman the creep finds a crack in the wall of Hasan and Bahar's bedroom, and makes a habit of peeping, first when his brother and his wife are together, and late when she's undressing alone after Hasan goes to jail.
  • Skirts and Ladders: In one scene Osman tells Bahar to climb a ladder and check on the dam for the express purpose of getting a look up her skirt at her bloomers. The second time he gets a look up her skirt as she's up in a tree gathering fruit; she dumps all the fruit on him.
  • Suck Out the Poison: Osman does this when Bahar stumbles in a mud hole and says "A snake bit me!" But it seems clear that he's really sucking on her calf because he's a pervert.