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August 1970 (USA) See more »
The most dangerous love-game ever played. See more »
In France, lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their vacation in a villa 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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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You keep expecting to see fireworks and all you see is ennui.... See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order)

Alain Delon ... Jean-Paul

Romy Schneider ... Marianne

Maurice Ronet ... Harry

Jane Birkin ... Pénélope

Paul Crauchet ... L'inspecteur Lévêque
Steve Eckardt ... Fred (as Steve Eckhardt)
Maddly Bamy ... La mulâtre qui danse (as Madlybamy)
Suzie Jaspard ... Emilie
Thierry Chabert ... Un ami
Stéphanie Fugain ... Une amie à la party
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Price ... Singer

Directed by
Jacques Deray 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jean-Claude Carrière  adaptation and dialogue
Jacques Deray  adaptation and dialogue
Alain Page  story (as Jean-Emmanuel Conil)

Produced by
Gérard Beytout .... producer
Original Music by
Michel Legrand 
Cinematography by
Jean-Jacques Tarbès 
Film Editing by
Paul Cayatte 
Production Design by
Paul Laffargue 
Costume Design by
André Courrèges 
Makeup Department
Mariel Bernard .... hair stylist
Fernande Hugi .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean Mylonas .... assistant director
Michele Sennet .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Bourgoin .... assistant camera
Jean Chiabaut .... camera operator
Jean-Jaques Tarbes .... camera operator
Music Department
Unart .... lyrics
Other crew
John Marshall .... subtitle script and timing (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La piscine" - Italy (original title)
"The Swimming Pool" - USA
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120 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Alain Delon and Romy Schneider had been real life partners from 1958 to 1963, they were no longer a couple when this film was shot, but remained good friends after their split. In 1966, Schneider married director Harry Meyen and had put her career on hold to care for her son David. Alain Delon imposed that Schneider should be his co-star in "La Piscine" and the film revitalized her career.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
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7 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
You keep expecting to see fireworks and all you see is ennui...., 9 December 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"The Swimming Pool" is not a bad movie nor is it a very good one. Instead, it starts with a reasonably interesting premise and infuses it with almost zero energy and passion. The end result is like a diet of tap water and bread--not especially satisfying.

The film starts off horribly. There is a really, really annoying opening song--one of the worst I've heard in fact. Fortunately, the film does get better--it couldn't get any worse! Alain Delon and Romy Schneider are a couple enjoying their time together on vacation. They mostly just lounge around the pool and make love--and considering how beautiful this couple is, I am sure many folks didn't mind this slow portion of the film. It certainly was very sexy.

An old lover of Schneider's shows up uninvited (Maurice Ronet) and brings his 18 year-old daughter (Jane Birkin). Instead of maintaining their passion, however, Schneider begins drifting towards her old lover and Delon just looks very bored. Later, Delon begins paying a lot of attention to the 18 year-old--though exactly how deep this relationship goes, you never know. What you do know, though, is that both Delon and Schneider begin to take the other for granted and their relationship suffers badly.

While this sounds like there would be a lot of excitement, there isn't--and it's all very strangely muted. Instead of anger, they mostly seemed filled with ennui and self-absorption--making the film very tough to enjoy. Only towards the end are there any--and by then it just seemed too late, as my attention had long since vanished--and it's a shame, as the ending was pretty interesting (at least compared to the rest of the film). Had there been more fireworks along the way and some performances seeming more like normal human reactions, then the film could have been a lot more interesting. Slow and tough to love.

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