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Swimming to Cambodia (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | April 1987 (USA)
Spalding Gray discusses his participation in the film The Killing Fields (1984) and the background story about the troubles of Cambodia.



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Additional cast from 'The Killing Fields' (archive footage)
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Additional cast from 'The Killing Fields' (archive footage)


Spalding Gray sits behind a desk throughout the entire film and recounts his exploits and chance encounters while playing a minor role in the film 'The Killing Fields'. At the same time, he gives a background to the events occurring in Cambodia at the time the film was set. Written by Peter Goldsack <peteg@hpsqf.sqf.hp.com>

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8 May 2002 | by (Eastbourne, England) – See all my reviews

Swimming to Cambodia, is deep, insightful and hillarious.

You are caught up in Gray's fast paced account of his time in Thailand and boston and New York and god only knows how many other places, the whole experience is enhanced by the fabulous play on lighting, music and camerawork. You'll find yourself either leaning forward, swept up in the rythum of his speech, and the depth of both detail and insight. or sagging back in your chair as you catch your breath, or on the brink of tears, or clutching your sides as you laugh.

I gave this film a ten, and i'm not easily impressed.

watch this film with friends or on your own as it's perfect for either. But be sure watch it more than once, as it will never get old.

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