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The Swimmer (1968)

 -  Drama  -  15 May 1968 (USA)
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Neddy Merrill has been away for most of the Summer. He reappears at a friends pool. As they talk, someone notices that there are pools spanning the entire valley. He decided to jog from ... See full summary »

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Shirley Abbott
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Donald Westerhazy
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Peggy Forsburgh
Nancy Cushman ...
Mrs. Halloran
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Howie Hunsacker
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Neddy Merrill has been away for most of the Summer. He reappears at a friends 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. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The famed John Cheever short story appeared in the New Yorker and people talked. Now there will be talk again. When you sense this man's vibrations and share his colossal hang-up . . . will you see someone you know, or love? When you feel the body-blow power of his broken dreams, will it reach you deep inside, where it hurts? When you talk about "The Swimmer" will you talk about yourself? See more »

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Burt Lancaster always insisted that this was both his best and his most favorite film of his career. See more »

Goofs

When Ned and Julie are walking through the field, they both comment on the flowers visible, calling them marigolds and stating they usually aren't in bloom at that time of year. The flowers are Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia), not marigolds. If they were marigolds, in Connecticut they would be in bloom during the summer and early fall just as the Black-eyed Susans. Further, as marigolds are annuals that have to be planted each year, It is highly unlikely that would be found growing wild in a field. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Donald Westerhazy: Where have you been keeping yourself?
Ned Merrill: Oh, here and there. Here and there.
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Send for Me in Summer
(Theme from 'The Swimmer')
by Marvin Hamlisch
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Absolutely unique
12 October 1999 | by (West Chester, Pa) – See all my reviews

This movie is not for everyone, but everyone I know who's seen it admits that it's one-of-a-kind. Burt Lancaster is flat-out powerful in the lead, as the man who decides one day to swim his way through his neighbors' pools to his home. As he makes his way pool by pool we learn more and more about Burt's real character. A kaleidoscopic study of how we see ourselves, versus how others see us. One of my favorites, please give this movie a shot.


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