Swoon (1992)

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The true story of gay lovers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. who kidnapped and murdered a child in the early 1920s for kicks. The plot covers the months before the crime, the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Schlachet ...
Richard Loeb
Nathan Leopold Jr.
Ron Vawter ...
State's Attorney Crowe
Michael Kirby ...
Detective Savage
Michael Stumm ...
Doctor Bowman
Valda Z. Drabla ...
Germaine Reinhardt
Natalie Stanford ...
Susan Lurie
Isabela Araujo ...
Venus in Furs Diva
Jill 'Spanky' Buchanan ...
Venus in Furs Diva
Nashom Benjamin ...
Venus in Furs Diva / Mona Foot (as Mona Foot)
Trash ...
Venus in Furs Diva
Trasharama ...
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Nashom Wooden ...
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Peter Bowen ...
Factory Workman
Ryan Landry ...


The true story of gay lovers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. who kidnapped and murdered a child in the early 1920s for kicks. The plot covers the months before the crime, the investigation, trial and final fate of the two men. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Was it a crime of passion? Or a passion for crime?


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Release Date:

25 September 1992 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Swoon - Colapso do Desejo  »

Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)


$340,147 (USA)

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Did You Know?


The barber shaving Craig Chester in one scene is played by Jim Crawford, who did hair and makeup for the film. He is also the prison barber shaving the boys' heads later in the film. See more »


It is stated during the epilogue that Compulsion, film made about the Loeb & Leopold case, was released in 1958. The movie came out in 1959. See more »


Nathan Leopold Jr.: If I do what you want...
Richard Loeb: I'll do what you want.
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Referenced in Whether You Like It or Not: The Story of Hedwig (2003) See more »

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2 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Swoon tells the story of Leopold and Lobe with homosexuality constantly in mind, because it was important (or at least everyone at the time it actually happened believed it was important). This film points out how the trial focused on their homosexuality, using authentic court transcripts, despite the murder having nothing to do with sexual orientation. This mirrors Michael Foucault's History of Sexuality regarding the policing of sexuality. Thought-provoking.

Although a bit confusing at times, a movie worth watching once. Perhaps do a bit of research on the background of the case to supplement the film.

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