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Swingers (1996)

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Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles (as Alex Desert)
Deena Martin ...
Girl with Cigar
Kevin James Kelly ...
Vegas Dealer
Vegas Waitress
$100 Gambler
Joan Favreau ...
$5 Winner


This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship. Written by Kevin Gillease <gillease@scf.usc.edu>

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Get a nightlife. See more »


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 April 1997 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Adiorthotoi gletzedes  »

Box Office


$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$74,118 (USA) (18 October 1996)


$4,505,922 (USA) (31 January 1997)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The shots taken from the hood of the car in Las Vegas were done without a proper permit. The interior of the casino was not the Stardust as the exterior shots imply, but was instead a downtown casino that they paid money to use for the evening. See more »


At the $100 minimum bet table in the casino, the cards disappear from the dealer's hands when he counts Mike's money. See more »


Trent: Everybody steals from everybody, that's Hollywood.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie when the cast is shown (3 pic) the names of the starring actors' parents appear again: $100 Gambler: Vernon Vaughn and $5 Winner: Joan Favreau See more »


Spoofed in True Dreams (2002) See more »


Stayin' Alive
Performed by Marty & Elayne (as Marty and Elayne)
Written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb
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I wanted to call all of my friends after I first saw this film!
21 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I chanced upon Swigers one evening after reading an article on writer/star Jon Favreau, and trying to figure out which character he played in Friends (it's Pete Becker by the way); don't you love it when you uncover a gem. From the opening credits, set to Dean Martin crooning "You're Nobody Until Somebody Loves You", I knew that this film was the very personification of cool, spawning one of the coolest characters in any film...ever, that being Trent Walker played by Vince Vaughn, with a swinging soundtrack and a real sense of fun which you don't often get in mainstream Hollywood; and this film is effortless in a way which Tarantino could only dream about.

The story centres around Favreau's loser-in-love Mikey, trying to make a living as an actor in L.A after leaving his long-term girlfriend behind in New York. His best buddy, Trent, tries incessantly to get Mikey back 'into the game' so to speak; cue a trawl around L.A's hippest night-spots, some hilarious insight into dating rituals (when is it cool to call? 2 days?), and a trip to Las Vegas in which Trent tries to 'pull a Fredo' (bedding cocktail waitresses two at a time). The central duo are ably supported by a cast of lovable rogues, all intent on getting laid.

Doug Liman directs in a laid-back manner, befitting of the film, and Favreau's script (based on Vaughn and himself) is full of witty insights and in-jokes, as well as enough movie references to keep everyone happy.

Although the characters are almost impossibly cool, they never appear obnoxious due to the over-riding sense that they are just a bunch of lovable losers trying to con their way into the beds of L.A's female population; sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, and there is a certain sweetness added by Favreau's predicament. The pay-off is cool, Favreau finally 'getting digits' and we are left with a role-reversal between the two main protagonists as Trent makes a fool of himself with a woman in the closing scene.

Altogether a classy, breezy, often hilarious film, a certain cult classic, and a fine addition to the date movie genre.

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