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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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?
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Did You Know?
Star Burt Lancaster
worked out continuously throughout the production of the film to maintain a high level of fitness. Lancaster did numerous push-ups and sit-ups every morning before each shoot to stay lean and solid. He gained twenty pounds of muscle by doing weights, running, karate and aerobics. See more
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
Where have you been keeping yourself?
Oh, here and there. Here and there.
Referenced in The Story of the Swimmer
Send for Me in Summer
(Theme from 'The Swimmer')
by Marvin Hamlisch See more