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The Swimmer -- In an affluent Connecticut suburb, Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) decides to "swim" home via the pools of his wealthy friends. Along the way he encounters several women from his past: a tempestuous teenage girl; his embittered ex-mistress; and the sensual wife of an old friend. Ned's journey is one of embarrassments, humiliation and steamy passion.

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Writers:
Eleanor Perry (screenplay)
John Cheever (story)
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Release Date:
15 May 1968 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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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Neddy Merrill has been away for most of the Summer. He reappears at a friends pool. As they talk, someone... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Absolutely unique See more (127 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Burt Lancaster ... Ned Merrill
Janet Landgard ... Julie Hooper

Janice Rule ... Shirley Abbott
Tony Bickley ... Donald Westerhazy

Marge Champion ... Peggy Forsburgh
Nancy Cushman ... Mrs. Halloran
Bill Fiore ... Howie Hunsacker
David Garfield ... Ticket Seller (as John Garfield Jr.)

Kim Hunter ... Betty Graham
Rose Gregorio ... Sylvia Finney

Charles Drake ... Howard Graham

Bernie Hamilton ... Chauffeur
House Jameson ... Mr. Halloran
Jimmy Joyce ... Jack Finney
Michael Kearney ... Kevin Gilmartin
Richard McMurray ... Stu Forsburgh
Jan Miner ... Lillian Hunsacker

Diana Muldaur ... Cynthia
Keri Oleson ... Vernon

Joan Rivers ... Joan
Cornelia Otis Skinner ... Mrs. Hammar
Dolph Sweet ... Henry Biswanger
Louise Troy ... Grace Biswanger

Diana Van der Vlis ... Helen Westerhazy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philip Bruns ... Biswangers' Pool Party Guest (uncredited)
Alva Celauro ... Muffie (uncredited)
John Cheever ... Man at pool party (uncredited)
Lisa Daniels ... Matron at the Biswangers' Pool (uncredited)
Hugh Franklin ... Denny (uncredited)
John Gerstad ... Bunkers' Pool Party Guest (uncredited)
Marilyn Langner ... Enid Bunker (uncredited)
Ray Mason ... Bunkers' Pool Party Guest (uncredited)
Dennis McMullen ... Lifeguard (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Perry 
Sydney Pollack (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Eleanor Perry (screenplay)

John Cheever (story)

Produced by
Roger H. Lewis .... producer (as Roger Lewis)
Frank Perry .... producer
 
Original Music by
Marvin Hamlisch 
 
Cinematography by
David L. Quaid (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sidney Katz 
Carl Lerner 
Pat Somerset 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Dohanos 
 
Costume Design by
Anna Hill Johnstone 
 
Makeup Department
Ed Callaghan .... hair stylist
John Jiras .... makeup artist
Clay Lambert .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Joseph Manduke .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Hertzberg .... assistant director
Ted Zachary .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Stanley Cappiello .... scenic artist (as Stan Cappiello)
Thomas Wright .... property master
 
Sound Department
Willard W. Goodman .... sound mixer (as Willard Goodman)
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Falk .... gaffer
Michael Nebbia .... additional photographer
Alan Stetson .... key grip (as Al Stetson)
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
Jack Hayes .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Lorenzo Porricelli .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Thom Conroy .... dialogue coach
Sam Goldrich .... unit auditor
Florence Nerlinger .... production assistant
Barbara Robinson .... script supervisor
Liza Stewart .... swimwear (as Elizabeth Stewart)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
95 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (Suggested for Mature Audiences) | USA:PG (re-rating) (1968) | West Germany:16 (f) (original rating) | West Germany:12 (f) (re-rating)
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Trivia:
Lyricist Charles Burr wrote lyrics to the main theme, titling the song "Send For Me In Summer". No vocal version was ever recorded and the lyrics were never made public, although the instrumental theme has also become known by that title.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the Binswangers, a man climbs to the top of the cover over the pool and falls in, yet is not in the pool in the next shot where Ned is looking in the direction of the pool.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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40 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely unique, 12 October 1999
Author: RNMorton from West Chester, Pa

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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