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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 »
Plot:
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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Entertainment News: Comic Legend Joan Rivers Dies at 81
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R.I.P. Joan Rivers (1933 – 2014)
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Joan Rivers Passes Away at Age 81
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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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95 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | 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:
Debut theatrical movie credit as an actress for writer-comedienne Joan Rivers.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Undercover X (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
Send for Me in SummerSee more »

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66 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
The Swimmer: A Psychological Puzzle To Solve, 24 February 2004
Author: jm000 from United States

Ned Merrill, a Park Avenue (New York) executive, who marries into money (his wife Lucinda), produces two daughters (Ellen and Aggie) and lives a self-centered, self-serving, philandering life in a wealthy suburban community in Connecticut, has been absent from his social circle for a while. The entire story takes place on the day that he reappears. The length of his absence and where he was and what he was doing during the absence remains a mystery in this story. All that is certain is that Ned has had some sort of psychological break (amnesia or repression) and has lost the last two years of his memory. He thinks that it is two years earlier than it actually is. Generally, whatever was going on in his life two years ago is what he thinks is going on in this life on this day. Complicating this basic problem is an unstable perception of time, in which Ned's mind regresses in time during the course of this day, this regression revealing itself in Ned's comments concerning his daughters, Ned describing his daughters as being younger and younger as the day wears on until he is partially shocked back to reality (at the eighth pool, that of the Biswangers) into thinking that it is only two years earlier than it actually is. Between this partial shock back to reality and the end of the story, Ned is forced to remember what he has chosen to forget. On this day, Ned Merrill decides to `swim across the county,' that is, to `swim home' on `the Lucinda River,' a trek comprised of ten swimming pools that lead to his house: (1) the pool of Don and Helen Westerhazy, (2) the pool of Howard and Betty Graham, (3) the pool of Mrs. Hammar (this pool is not mentioned when Ned initially maps out the Lucinda River), (4) the pool of Mr. and Mrs. Lear, (5) the pool of Roger and Enid Bunker, (6) the pool of Mr. and Mrs. Halloran, (7) the pool of Mr. and Mrs. Gilmartin, (8) the pool of Henry and Grace Biswanger, (9) the pool of Shirley Abbott and (10) the public swimming pool. The evidence of what Ned has chosen to forget (as well as some things that he never knew), like pieces of puzzle, is revealed in what is said by the people with whom Ned interacts on this day, whereas what Ned chooses to remember is revealed in what he himself says. A good movie, I think. The viewer has to pay attention to the details in order to put the puzzle together. Burt Lancaster was 53 to 55 years of age during the filming of this movie. Most guys stop looking that healthy 20 years earlier.

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