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April 1987 (USA) See more »
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Spalding Gray tells about his participation in the film, "The Killing Fields" & the background story about the troubles of Cambodia. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Spalding Gray ... Himself

Sam Waterston ... Additional cast from 'The Killing Fields' (archive footage)
Ira Wheeler ... Additional cast from 'The Killing Fields' (archive footage)

Directed by
Jonathan Demme 
 
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Spalding Gray 

Produced by
Lewis M. Allen .... producer
Ira Deutchman .... co-executive producer
Paula Mazur .... line producer
Peter Newman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Laurie Anderson 
 
Cinematography by
John Bailey 
 
Film Editing by
Carol Littleton 
 
Production Design by
Sandy McLeod 
 
Production Management
Sam Gelerman .... unit manager
 
Sound Department
Tom Fleischman .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip Stockton .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ira Brenner .... camera operator
John Cambria .... second assistant camera
John Finnerty .... key grip (as John 'Spike' Finnerty)
Tom Kerwick .... dolly grip
Charles K. Mattson .... best boy
 
Editorial Department
Lex Batten .... colorist
Marty Levenstein .... first assistant editor
Camilla Toniolo .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Eric Liljestrand .... score recordist
 
Other crew
Suzanne Griffin .... production assistant
Bart Wenrich .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Roland Joffé .... thanks (as Roland Joffe)
Joseph Papp .... thanks
David Puttnam .... thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia" - USA (complete title)
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85 min
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Spalding Gray:Farewell, to the fantastic breakfasts, free every morning and there they were, waiting on you with the papaya, mango, and pineapple like I'd never tasted before. Farewell, to the Thai maids with the king-sized cotton sheets and the big king-sized beds...
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Good, but not as good as I expected, 13 April 2000
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

One day a couple of years ago, while I was waiting for a television show, I was flipping through the channels and I caught part of Spalding Gray's monologue film -Monster in a Box- and I was so blown away by it that I missed the show that I had been waiting for. I don't know why it took me so long to rent another one of his monologue films, but this week I picked up his first one, -Swimming to Cambodia-. It was good, but nowhere near as good as -Monster in a Box-.

For one thing, -Monster in a Box- was very well directed, and the "special effects" do not get in the way. But in -Swimming to Cambodia-, the sound effects are often too loud, and thecutting is too quick and artsy, when it should have been nothing but slow pans and zooms, sort of like -My Dinner With Andre-. Then there is this awful effect with the lights, basically shutting them off to cut the emotional rhythm. This was unneeded. Gray's performance itself establishes rhythm enough.

My second big complaint is with the monologue itself. It is mostly very interesting, but it is not polished or cohesive. Just as he does in -Monster in a Box-, Gray alternates between very hilarious narrative (such as the descriptions of the sex acts in Thailand) and very harrowing narrative (such as the descriptions of Pol Pot's revolution). That technique works extraordinarily in -Monster in a Box-, but the two halves of the narratives don't seem to do with each other at all. The funny half concerns the work on the movie -The Killing Fields-, and the harrowing half very intensely examines the true story of the Kamir Rouge and America's dealing with these kinds of situations. Also, the monologue seems to end almost arbitrarily.

This film is definitely worth a rental. It is under 90 minutes, which I always count as a plus. But if you want to be impressed, rent -Monster in a Box-. 7/10

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