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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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It works, most of the way See more (120 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 | 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:
William Holden was the first choice for the lead role of the swimmer Ned Merrill for both producer Sam Spiegel and director Frank Perry but Holden turned it down as did Glenn Ford and Paul Newman before Burt Lancaster, who was eager to play the role, was ultimately cast.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Shadow of light-rig clearly visible at the first pool party.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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Soundtrack:
Send for Me in SummerSee more »

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12 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
It works, most of the way, 20 December 2006
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

Based on the New Yorker short story by John Cheever, Burt Lancaster is the wealthy Connecticut suburbanite Ned Merrill. Clad only in swimming trunks, he decides to swim his way home, through the pools of all his friends and neighbours. Soon, we begin to realize, something is out of place, as each encounter reveals something more about Ned's past, while he is progressively disintegrating.

An improbable premise, but it works, with cleverly written dialog laced with cynicism. Not surprisingly, it's largely carried by Burt Lancaster's credible performance as a middle-aged man in crisis. In one scene we see Burt Lancaster and Janet Landgard just running around some fields in swimming trunks and bikini in slow-motion. Then the music works, and intrigues, but while the scene would have been great for one minute, it goes on and on, accompanied by an ever more corny music score, until the initial effect has gone completely. If I was to guess Marvin Hamlisch' film scoring debut blindly, I would guess it was composed in 1938. Hopelessly old-fashioned and almost ruining the film's impact the final scene.

His music is a definite turn-down here. Not untypical of many '60s films, but especially in the last scene, it undermines the final impact, with a wrap-up, that was already not very satisfying.

The film was deliberately shot with out-of-focus photography, supposedly in tune with Lancaster's disoriented state of mind. An approach quite popular in the late sixties, but it seems to have resulted in bad DVD-reviews three decades later, with complaints about bad transfers with washed-out colours, damaged prints etcetera. Nevertheless, worth seeing.

Camera Obscura --- 8/10

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