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The Swimmer (1968)

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Burt Lancaster Burt Lancaster
Ned Merrill
Janet Landgard Janet Landgard
Julie Hooper
Janice Rule Janice Rule
Shirley Abbott
Tony Bickley Tony Bickley
Donald Westerhazy
Marge Champion Marge Champion
Peggy Forsburgh
Nancy Cushman Nancy Cushman
Mrs. Halloran
Bill Fiore Bill Fiore
Howie Hunsacker
David Garfield David Garfield
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Written by
Eleanor Perry Eleanor Perry
John Cheever John Cheever


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This Is My Wagon, Man!

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*** This review contains spoilers ***It takes a lot for a movie to make feel legitimately depressed and to the point that I would have difficulty bringing myself to watch it again. I can say The Swimmer is one of two movies I've to date which have managed to have this impact with me, the other being Watership Down. The Swimmer is what I like to call a jigsaw puzzle movie. It leaves the viewer con... read more
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Neddy Merrill has been away for most of the Summer. He reappears at a friend's pool. As they talk, someone notices that there are pools spanning the entire valley. He decided to jog from pool to pool to swim the whole valley. As he stops in each pool his interactions tell his life story.
Release date: 15 May 1968
UPC: 043396100442
Tags: 1968 (5), Drama (3), Connecticut (1), Denial (1), Infidelity (1), Mid Life Crisis (1), 60's (1), (1), Amnesia (1), Mental Illness (1), Swimming (1), Swimming Pool (1), American Dream (1), Meaning Of Life (1), Suburbia (1), Based On Short Story (1), HQ (1), Suburbs (1), Despair (1), Bikini (1)
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"Burt Lancaster is Ned Merrill, a guy who one day decides to swim his way home, via all his neighbours pools. He stops for chats, drinks and even a frolic in some woods with a buxom blonde teenager. It appears at first he is doing this for fun, then snippets of things that some neighbours say unveil a darker story. This is a weirder movie than it sounds, they way things happen and the interactions with the neighbours is occasionally surreal. It was a box office failure when it was released but ha"

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"18.7. (Teatteri/35 mm) Itsensä ihan kivaksi jätkäksi kokeva Burt Lancaster polskii kohti kotia naapuruston uima-altaalta toiselle. Matkan varrella sekä katsoja että Burt itsekin ymmärtää hahmon olevan paitsi ikävä ihminen, myös epäonnistunut elämässään. Surrealistisen elokuvan loppupuolen kotipsykologinen tyhjän talon oven paukuttaminen tuo viimeisen silauksensa kiehtovaan, fellinihenkiseen rainaan."

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"20.7, PC Välillä korni (esimerkiksi Lancaster hyppimässä hidastetusti ratsastusesteiden yli imelän musiikin soidessa taustalla), mutta loppujen lopuksi uskottava, traaginen kuvaus Burt Lancasterin esittämästä päähenkilöstä. Pidin siitä, miten elokuvan edetessä ja kanssakäymisten lisääntyessä muiden hahmojen kanssa pääsee päähenkilöön aina paremmin ja paremmin sisälle. Hieno roolisuoritus Lancasterilta."

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" Burt Lancaster (as Ned Merril, titular main character) delivers the poetic script with solemnity, his vulnerable character clad only in a pair of swimming shorts and his heart upon his metaphorical sleeve. What's most fascinating is the lack of a sense of time- one can easily imagine Ned time-traveling as he slips into the icy blue waters of each pool until he arrives home again at an unspecified future date. "

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