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The Swimmer

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 1968
  • Frank Perry
  • 91 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama starring Burt Lancaster. On a summer's day in Connecticut, Ned Merrill begins a journey of self-discovery when he decides to swim home via the pools of various neighbours.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Ned MerrillBurt Lancaster
Julie HooperJanet Landgard
Shirley AbbottJanice Rule
Donald WesterhazyTony Bickley
Peggy ForsburghMarge Champion
Mrs HalloranNancy Cushman
Howie HunsackerBill Fiore
Ticket sellerJohn Garfield Jr
Betty GrahamKim Hunter
Sylvia FinneyRose Gregorio
JoanJoan Rivers
Howard GrahamCharles Drake
ChauffeurBernie Hamilton
CynthiaDiana Muldaur
Henry BiswangerDolph Sweet
Helen WesterhazyDiana Van Der Vlis

Crew

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DirectorFrank Perry
DirectorSydney Pollack

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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