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Swoon -- 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.

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Writers:
Tom Kalin (written by)
Hilton Als (collaborating writer)
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Release Date:
25 September 1992 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
Was it a crime of passion? Or a passion for crime?
Plot:
The true story of gay lovers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. who kidnapped and murdered a child in the early 1920s for kicks... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
6 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Partners In Crime See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Daniel Schlachet ... Richard Loeb

Craig Chester ... 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 ... Venus in Furs Diva
Nashom Wooden ... Venus in Furs Diva
Peter Bowen ... Factory Workman
Ryan Landry ... Ivory
Chris Hoover ... Elektra Luxe (as Christopher Hoover)

Paul Connor ... Bobby Franks
Brent Charleton ... Irving Hartman
Christopher Cangelosi ... Little Boy in Park
Dick Callaghan ... Country Workman / Newsreel Voiceover
Craig Paull ... Country Workman / Phrenology Head
Carlos Rodríguez ... Country Workman (as Carlos Rodriguez)
Emmitt Thrower ... Country Workman
Eric J. Wiggins III ... Country Workman
Ken Howarth ... Sven Englund (Chauffeur)
Barry Liebowitz ... Mr. Franks
Judith Boxley ... Mrs. Franks
Julian Marynczak ... Workman in Marsh
Daniel Haughey ... Ornithologist
John Rowan ... Man with Newspaper
Stanley Taub ... Mr. Loeb
Robert Austin ... Allan Loeb
Barbara Bleier ... Mrs. Loeb
Ed Altman ... Mike Leopold
John A. Mudd ... Detective Sbarbaro
Robert Sullivan ... Night Desk Officer
Verne F. Hoyt ... Night Cop
Pepe Vives ... Night Detective

Jimmy Cummings ... Interrogation Cop (as James Cummings)
Malcolm A. Beers Jr. ... Mr. Leopold

Adina Porter ... Stenographer
Robert Read ... Clarence Darrow
Paul Schmidt ... Judge Caverly
Richard Elovich ... Doctor Hulbert
Christie MacFadyen ... Reporter
Robert McKanna ... Reporter

Bobby Reed ... Reporter
Mark Simpson ... Bailiff
Jim Crawford ... Prison Barber
Glenn Backes ... James Day
Ray Wasik ... Mean Prison Guard
Jean Claude Monfort ... Clinic Doctor
Michael Nesline ... Clinic Doctor
Richard R. Upton ... Clinic Doctor
William Walters ... Clinic Doctor
Burt Wright ... Warden
Paul Rubin ... Father Weir
Gary Lamadore ... Interrogation Cop
Richard Schechner ... Radio Announcer
Phil Stanton ... Gene Lovitz
Dean C. Blanco ... Courtroom Extra
Catarina Borelli ... Courtroom Extra
Barry Cassidy ... Courtroom Extra
David Cheever ... Courtroom Extra
James Crafford ... Courtroom Extra
Steven Flum ... Courtroom Extra
Lou Galiardo ... Courtroom Extra
Carl M. George ... Courtroom Extra
Debra Goodman ... Courtroom Extra
Joseph Harding ... Courtroom Extra
Anna Köhler ... Courtroom Extra (as Anna Kohler)
Heidi Kriz ... Courtroom Extra
Scott K. Macarthur ... Courtroom Extra
John McGee ... Courtroom Extra
Dana Nasrallah ... Courtroom Extra
Jerome F. Richards ... Courtroom Extra
Hobson Sturtevant ... Courtroom Extra
Elizabeth Towson ... Courtroom Extra
Oscar Aleman ... Press Conference Extra
Emanuel Baetich ... Press Conference Extra
Robert M. Beck ... Press Conference Extra (as Robert Beck)
Mike Diaz ... Press Conference Extra
Maddy Lederman ... Press Conference Extra
Tanya Taylor ... Press Conference Extra
Michael Becker ... Phrenology Head
Zoe Bissell ... Phrenology Head
Gregg Bordowitz ... Phrenology Head
Patricia Fabricant ... Phrenology Head

Todd Haynes ... Phrenology Head
Andrea Kislan ... Phrenology Head

Pamela Koffler ... Phrenology Head
Nina Port ... Phrenology Head
Emily Sherman ... Phrenology Head
Lauren Zalaznick ... Phrenology Head
Robert Funes ... Prisoner
Timothy McCoy ... Prisoner
Owen H. Ranft ... Prisoner
Elion Sacker ... Prisoner
Robert Vazquez ... Prisoner
Alex Vean ... Prisoner
Addison Cook ... Prison Guard
Douglas Leland ... Prison Guard

John Ventimiglia ... Prison Guard
Douglas Crimp ... Prison Mugshot
Phelim Dolan ... Prison Mugshot
James Lyons ... Prison Mugshot (as Jim Lyons)
Joe Ziolokowski ... Prison Mugshot
George Osterhan ... Additional Voiceover (voice)
Lulu Rubin ... Additional Voiceover (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nathan Leopold ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Richard Loeb ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Tom Kalin 
 
Writing credits
Tom Kalin (written by)

Hilton Als (collaborating writer)

Produced by
Tom Kalin .... co-producer
James Schamus .... executive producer
Christine Vachon .... producer
Peter Wentworth .... associate producer
Lauren Zalaznick .... executive producer
Lauren Zalaznick .... line producer
 
Original Music by
James Bennett 
 
Cinematography by
Ellen Kuras 
 
Film Editing by
Tom Kalin 
 
Casting by
Daniel Haughey 
 
Production Design by
Thérèse DePrez 
 
Art Direction by
Stacey Jones 
 
Costume Design by
Jessica Haston 
 
Makeup Department
Jim Crawford .... hair stylist: Indorato Artists
Jim Crawford .... makeup artist: Indorato Artists
Jonathan Gross .... assistant hair stylist
Nina Port .... assistant hair stylist
Leonard Zagami .... assistant hair stylist
 
Production Management
David Buckingham .... production manager
Matthew David Hensley .... unit manager (as Matt Hensley)
Chris Hoover .... production manager (as Christopher Hoover)
Julie Lindner .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Isabela Araujo .... second assistant director
Daniel Haughey .... second assistant director
Christine Vachon .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Michael Barry .... re-recording engineer
Laurel Bridges .... boom operator
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Neil Danziger .... sound recordist
Susan Demskey-Horiuchi .... supervising sound editor (as Susan Demskey)
Tom Paul .... sound recordist
Hans ten Broeke .... synclavier engineer
Julie Wilde .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Ballieci .... best boy
Daniel Beaman .... key grip
Lisa Bonaccorso .... electrician
Addison Cook .... best boy
Frank Dellario .... best boy (as Frank Dollario)
Valda Drabia .... still photographer
Stephen Earley .... assistant camera (as Steven Early)
Israel Fernandez .... property photographer
Edwin M. Figueroa .... key grip (as Edwin Figueroa)
Tanya Hamilton .... third grip
Melissa Kern .... third grip
Kurt Lennig .... gaffer
Julian Marynczak .... second grip
Ian McCausland .... assistant camera
Paul Meehan .... key grip
Rocco Palmieri .... second grip
Gerri Peterson .... clapper loader
Thavisouk Phrasavath .... clapper loader
John Rowan .... still photographer
Ruth Sergel .... clapper loader
James White .... still photographer
Val Williamson .... gaffer
 
Animation Department
Johan Edström .... animator
 
Casting Department
Isabela Araujo .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tobie Giddio .... wardrobe assistant
Elizabeth Gulczynski .... assistant costume designer (as Lizzy Gulczynski)
Brenda Zagarinsky .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Isabela Araujo .... assistant editor
Karim Aïnouz .... additional editing assistant (as Karim Ainouz)
Eddie Nichols .... additional editing assistant
Bill Scott .... color timer
James Nichols Jr. .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher (uncredited)
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Joe Kelly .... location manager
 
Music Department
Peter Golub .... conductor
 
Other crew
Vivek Bald .... intern
Vivek Bald .... production assistant
Craig Bierman .... video services coordinator
Edo Born .... intern
Edo Born .... production assistant
George Camarda .... script supervisor (as George Kamarda)
Michael A. Coca .... intern
Michael A. Coca .... production assistant
Moreno DiMarco .... intern
Moreno DiMarco .... production assistant
Danny Fass .... intern
Danny Fass .... production assistant
Julie Hermelin .... intern
Julie Hermelin .... production assistant
Darryl Houston .... intern
Darryl Houston .... production assistant
Matt Johnstone .... assistant to producer (as Matthew Johnstone)
Melissa Kern .... intern
Melissa Kern .... production assistant
Wilder W. Knight II .... legal counsel (as W. Wilder Knight II)
Rosanna Lewis .... intern
Rosanna Lewis .... production assistant
Ligia Lima .... intern
Ligia Lima .... production assistant
Bonita Makuch .... intern
Bonita Makuch .... production assistant
Eddie Nichols .... intern
Eddie Nichols .... production assistant
Norman Ryan .... intern
Norman Ryan .... production assistant
Alexandra Sarazin .... assistant to producer
Emily Sherman .... script supervisor
Patrick Snee .... intern
Patrick Snee .... production assistant
Neil Spisak .... creative consultant
Sylvette Steward .... intern
Sylvette Steward .... production assistant
Margaret Sundell .... intern
Margaret Sundell .... production assistant
Jim Volpe .... intern
Jim Volpe .... production assistant
Jaime Wolf .... legal counsel
John O'Hagan .... intern (uncredited)
Derek Yip .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Isabela Araujo .... special thanks
Wouter Barendrecht .... special thanks
Peter Bowen .... special thanks
Roberta Brangam .... special thanks
Adam Brightman .... special thanks
Bernie Brightman .... special thanks: Stash Records
Christopher Cox .... this film remembers
Bonnie Croskey .... special thanks
Jim Denault .... special thanks
Barry Ellsworth .... special thanks
Harlan Emil .... special thanks
Michael Englert .... special thanks
Gran Fury .... special thanks
Bob Gober .... special thanks
Debra Goodman .... special thanks (as Deb Goodman)
Brian Greenbaum .... special thanks
Tim Highsted .... special thanks
Sam Katz .... special thanks
Ellen Kuras .... special thanks
Chris Lewon .... special thanks
John Lindell .... special thanks
Elise MacAdam .... special thanks
Michael Nesline .... special thanks
Craig Owens .... this film remembers
Craig Paull .... special thanks
Annie Philbin .... special thanks
John Pierson .... special thanks
Papa Romero .... special thanks
Vito Russo .... this film remembers
Bill Sherwood .... this film remembers
Charles Stevens .... special thanks
Daniel Swee .... special thanks
Marie-Françoise Vachon .... special thanks (as Marie Francoise Vachon)
Michael Vachon .... special thanks
Pepe Vives .... special thanks
Jaime Wolf .... special thanks
Veronica Young .... special thanks
 

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Runtime:
93 min | Spain:94 min | Sweden:92 min | UK:80 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:M | Portugal:M/16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:Unrated | USA:R (original rating) (rating surrendered)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Daniel Schlachet's mother in the film is played by Barbara Bleier, who is his mother in real life.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
Nathan Leopold Jr.:If I do what you want...
Richard Loeb:I'll do what you want.
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Movie Connections:
Version of Rope (1947) (TV)See more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Partners In Crime, 22 July 2009
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

In this modern version of the infamous Leopold and Loeb murder case of the 1920s, "Swoon" stresses the gay angle, relative to "Compulsion" (1959), a film of the same story, but burdened by the watchful eye of the censors associated with the moralistic Hays Code. Actual court records do in fact indicate that the relationship or bond between these two guys was primarily sexual.

Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb apparently had a masochistic pact. And "Swoon" asks the question: which guy was in control? The answer seems to be that they alternated control. Also, compared to "Compulsion", more attention is given to the actual murder of the teenage boy.

This film is quite stylized. Archival images and lyrical cutaways unrelated to the story are used because they are thematically relevant. Further, some scenes are intended as dreams. And non-period piece elements add textural perspective.

The real Nathan Leopold is shown in historical footage, first as a young man at about the time of the actual killing. He is shown in a sequence with a group of fellow ornithologists. And near the end of the film, he is shown as an older man, having been released from prison.

"Swoon" was shot in B&W. Images are a tad grainy, maybe deliberately so, as part of the film's visual style. Casting and acting are fine. I did not care for the background music. It's too whimsical and kooky sounding, given the subject matter. But the music does contribute to the film's overall flighty, giddy tone, reflected in the lack of emotional involvement of the characters. Further, the killing of the young boy is perfunctory and nonchalant.

The film's peculiar tone and mood I found annoying. Yet, it's probably consistent with the mindset of these two peculiar criminals, two guys, both cerebral and intelligent, completely lacking both in conscience and in a sense of moral principles.

Overall, compared to "Compulsion", "Swoon" is more direct, and perhaps a tad more thematically compelling.

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