The Swimmer

The Swimmer

Frank Perry (1968)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Remember the Levi jeans advertisement where a hunk took a dip in a dozen pools to the strains of Mad about the Boy? This is the film that inspired it. Based on a short story by cult writer John Cheever, it stars Burt Lancaster as a washed-up suburban man who decides to swim home, using all the pools in his neighbourhood en route. This is not only healthy - and Lancaster looks terrific in his trunks - it's a metaphor for alienation from affluence, sexual desire, Vietnam - you name it, it's all at the bottom of the deep end. Not to everyone's taste, this weird picture now seems an oddly powerful companion piece to The Graduate.


A world-weary man embarks on a unique odyssey of self-discovery, attempting to reach home by swimming in the neighbourhood pools along the way. Drama, starring Burt Lancaster, Kim Hunter and Janice Rule.

Cast & Crew

Ned Merrill Burt Lancaster
Betty Graham Kim Hunter
Shirley Abbott Janice Rule
Julie Hooper Janet Landgard
Donald Westerhazy Tony Bickley
Peggy Forsburgh Marge Champion
Mrs Halloran Nancy Cushman
Howie Hunsacker Bill Fiore
Director Frank Perry
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdAvailable on: video and DVD