Season of Passion is a 1960 Australian dramatic comedy directed by Leslie Norman. The film was adapted for the screen by John Dighton and is based on a novel by Ray Lawler. Set in Australia of the early 1950s, the film portrays a group of friends who struggle with approaching middle age while also conflicted by the continued passions for their youth. Roo (Ernest Borgnine) and Barney (John Mills) are hardened farm hands who spend half the year cutting sugar cane, and half the year entertaining their girlfriends, Olive (Anne Baxter) and Nancy (Jessica Noad). When Roo and Barney return from the fields this time, they find a radically different situation. Nancy is married, and a reluctant Pearl (Angela Lansbury) is thrust into the role of a romantic replacement. The men also struggle with maintaining as their own long term friendship. Beneath a facade of best friends lie long standing grudges which threaten everyone involved.