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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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Janet Landgard ...
Julie Hooper
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Shirley Abbott
Tony Bickley ...
Donald Westerhazy
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Peggy Forsburgh
Nancy Cushman ...
Mrs. Halloran
Bill Fiore ...
Howie Hunsacker
David Garfield ...
Ticket Seller (as John Garfield Jr.)
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Betty Graham
Rose Gregorio ...
Sylvia Finney
Charles Drake ...
Howard Graham
Bernie Hamilton ...
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House Jameson ...
Mr. Halloran
Jimmy Joyce ...
Jack Finney
Michael Kearney ...
Kevin Gilmartin
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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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Burt Lancaster hits the screen with a bolt of personal drama as "The Swimmer" See more »

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15 May 1968 (USA)  »

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Der Schwimmer  »

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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 »

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Julie's hair goes from brushed to windblown and back again several times in the same sequence. 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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Referenced in Allison Anders Interviews Marge Champion (2014) See more »

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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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