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The Swimmer (1968)

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Starring (View all)
Burt Lancaster Burt Lancaster
Ned Merrill
Janet Landgard Janet Landgard
Julie Hooper
Janice Rule Janice Rule
Shirley Abbott
Marge Champion Marge Champion
Peggy Forsburgh
Bill Fiore Bill Fiore
Howie Hunsacker
Kim Hunter Kim Hunter
Betty Graham
Rose Gregorio Rose Gregorio
Sylvia Finney
Charles Drake Charles Drake
Howard Graham


Written by
Eleanor Perry Eleanor Perry
(screenplay)
John Cheever John Cheever
(story)


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The Death Of The American Dream

9 years, 8 months ago at Sep 12 18:20
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*** This review contains spoilers ***On a lazy sunny afternoon, Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) embarks on an adventure in which he swims through every pool in the county as he makes his way back to his own house. Frank Perry’s The Swimmer is a film which will leave the viewer initially confused with various characters' actions and the unexpected dramatic shifts in emotion however by the conclusi... read more

The Swimmer

3 years, 1 month ago at Apr 18 22:40
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A box office failure in its heyday, 1968’s The Swimmer has since attained status as a cult film. Based on John Cheever’s short story of the same name, The Swimmer is an odd exploration of suburban malaise, the ennui of one man who has since been closed off from his privileged lifestyle, or a hallucinatory descent into purgatory. It one of the most experimental and weird films of Burt Lancaster... 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: 9 August 1968
UPC: 043396100442
Tags: 1968 (4), Drama (3), Suburbia (1), (1), Mid Life Crisis (1), Denial (1), Connecticut (1), Bikini (1), Despair (1), Suburbs (1), HQ (1), Based On Short Story (1), Meaning Of Life (1), American Dream (1), Swimming Pool (1), Swimming (1), Mental Illness (1), Amnesia (1), 60's (1), Infidelity (1)
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The Swimmer

“A box office failure in its heyday, 1968’s The Swimmer has since attained status as a cult film. Based on John Cheever’s short story of the same name, The Swimmer is an odd exploration of suburban malaise, the ennui of one man who has since been closed off from his privileged lifestyle, or a hallucinatory descent into purgatory. It one of the most experimental and weird films of Burt Lancaster’s career, and one of his absolute best.   The Swimmer is also an ode to Lancaster’s muscular body as he was headed towards 50. He wears the skimpiest of trunks throughout and little else, including one brief nude scene that proves his taunt body would be the envy of several men half his age. Lancaster’s muscularity and physical dynamism were frequently on proud display throughout his fil” read more

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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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“*** This review contains spoilers ***On a lazy sunny afternoon, Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) embarks on an adventure in which he swims through every p”

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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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