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Man on a Swing -- A small-town police chief investigating a murder is offered help by a self-described psychic. However, when the chief discovers that the "psychic" is in possession of information known only to the police, he suspects that the man may be more involved in the case than he lets on.


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5 February 1975 (France) See more »
Clairvoyant. Occultist. Murderer. Which?
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Cliff Robertson ... Lee Tucker

Joel Grey ... Franklin Wills

Dorothy Tristan ... Janet Tucker

Elizabeth Wilson ... Dr. Anna Willson

George Voskovec ... Dr. Nicholas Holnar
Ron Weyand ... Dr. Philip Fusco

Peter Masterson ... Willie Younger
Lane Smith ... Ted Ronan
Joe Ponazecki ... Dan Lloyd

Christopher Allport ... Richie Tom Keating
Patricia Hawkins ... Diana Spenser
Richard Venture ... Man in Motel

Dianne Hull ... Maggie Dawson

Gil Gerard ... Donald Forbes
Robert Dryden ... Mr. Dawson

Alice Drummond ... Mrs. Dawson
Richard McKenzie ... Sam Gallagher
Brendan Fay ... Father Connally
Clarice Blackburn ... Mrs. Brennan

Nicholas Pryor ... Paul Kearney

Josef Sommer ... Pete Russell
Shawn Campbell ... Steve Barron
Ben Slack ... Ronnie (as Benjamin Slack)

Clarence Felder ... Coach

Penelope Milford ... Evelyn Moore

Bruce French ... Check-Out Man
Loretta Fury ... Mrs. Segretta
Roy Mason ... Plant Manager
James Galvin ... Man in Plant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Carson Grant ... The Swimmer (uncredited)
David Hopsecker ... Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Perry 
Writing credits
David Zelag Goodman (screenplay)

William Arthur Clark  book "The Girl on the Volkswagen Floor" (uncredited)

Produced by
Howard B. Jaffe .... producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Adam Holender (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sidney Katz 
Production Design by
Joel Schiller 
Set Decoration by
Hubert J. Oates  (as Hubert Oates)
Costume Design by
Ruth Morley 
Makeup Department
Robert Laden .... makeup artist (as Bob Laden)
Production Management
Tony LaMarca .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Eustace .... second assistant director (as Bill Eustace)
Louis A. Stroller .... first assistant director
Art Department
Stanley Cappiello .... scenic artist (as Stan Cappiello)
Walter Stocklin .... property master (as Wally Stocklin)
Sound Department
Jack C. Jacobsen .... sound mixer (as Jack Jacobsen)
Dan Sable .... sound editor
Dick Vorisek .... sound re-recordist
Arthur Bloom .... boom operator (uncredited)
James Perdue .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Dolan .... gaffer (as Bobby Dolan)
Edward Knott .... key grip (as Eddie Knott)
Muky .... still photographer
Fred Schuler .... camera operator
Gary Muller .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jim Hagerman .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Virginia Katz .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Other crew
Tom Folino .... executive assistant
Maggie James .... script supervisor
Gerald S. Paonessa .... assistant to producer
Noni Rock .... production office coordinator
Susan Shonnard .... executive assistant
Charles Repole .... stand-in: Joel Grey (uncredited)

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West Germany:105 min (TV movie) | USA:110 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Based on the book "The Girl on the Volkswagen Floor" by William Arthur Clark (1971) about the murder of young local schoolteacher Barbara Ann Butler in Kettering, Ohio (a suburb of Dayton).See more »


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people around us, 29 December 2014
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

Frank Perry's "Man on a Swing" is one of the most haunting movies that you'll ever see. Cliff Robertson plays a police detective investigating a murder who enlists the help of a man (Joel Grey) who claims to be clairvoyant. During his trances this man describes things that he couldn't have learned from the media...but is it real clairvoyance?

There are a couple of focuses. There's the investigation, but also the presumed psychic's trances that make you wonder if he's about to do something sinister. And then there are the strange things that start happening to the detective and his wife. Is it the presumed psychic or is something else going on?

The most haunting thing is that this movie is based on a true story that was still unsolved at the time of the movie's release (I don't know whether they solved it afterwards). Joel Grey puts on what must be the most impressive role of his career. Far from the jolly emcee in "Cabaret", his character here makes you feel as if you're walking on eggshells. It's one of those movies that keeps you guessing every step of the way. I recommend it.

The rest of the cast includes Peter Masterson (the husband in the original "Stepford Wives"), Lane Smith (the DA in "My Cousin Vinny"), Josef Sommer (Harrison Ford's superior in "Witness") and Penelope Milford (Jane Fonda's friend in "Coming Home").

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