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La Piscine (1969)

La piscine (original title)
Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their vacation in a villa on the French Riviera near St-Tropez. Marianne invites her former lover, Harry, and his teenage daughter to stay. Tension rises between them, especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope.



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Credited cast:
Steve Eckardt ...
Fred (as Steve Eckhardt)
Maddly Bamy ...
La mulâtre qui danse (as Madlybamy)
Suzie Jaspard ...
Thierry Chabert ...
Un ami
Stéphanie Fugain ...
Une amie à la party
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Price ...


Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their vacation in a villa near St.-Tropez. The main feature of the villa is a swimming pool, stage for most of the action. After a visit Marianne invites former lover Harry and his teenage daughter Penelope to stay. Tension between the grown-ups rises especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope. The consequences are deadly. Written by Peter Zunneberg <p.zunneberg@tip.nl>

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The first one out is in...the last one out is dead! See more »


Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

August 1970 (USA)  »

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La Piscine  »


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Gross USA:

$28,550, 31 December 1970
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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before Romy Schneider was cast, Angie Dickinson was the original choice for the role of Marianne. Jacques Deray eventually directed the actress three years later, in The Outside Man (1972). See more »


A body of someone that has just drowned does not float on water. Only after the decaying process has started and gases build up in the body does the body float to the surface. See more »


Remade as Swimming Pool (2003) See more »


Run, Brother, Rabbit, Run
Music by Michel Legrand
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Sung by Delaney Bramlett
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undercurrent of fierce and troubling action

Leisurely yes but packed with an undercurrent of fierce and troubling action. I first watched this in a rather poor English dub and then again in German without subtitles and it was striking the second time how noticeable are the various glances, grimaces and come ons. Supposed old friend of Delon's character and ex lover of Rome Schneider turns up at an idyllic Riviera villa being rented by the couple and brings his supposed daughter, Jane Birkin. I think Maurice Ronet is somewhat lacking and barely believable as a man about town and certainly not as a daddy. Anyway it is beautifully shot in wonderful setting in and about the eponymous 'swimming pool' in which quite a lot happens, from the sexually charged encounters at the start to the more sombre goings on later. Some fantastic costumes help Schneider and Birkin look sensational throughout and the former young lady doesn't look at all bad naked either, especially when she is sampling an altogether different brushstroke with a branch of a nearby tree.

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