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Swingers (1996)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  11 April 1997 (Brazil)
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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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cocktails first. questions later. 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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The exterior and interior of Mike Peters' apartment was the actual building and room that Jon Favreau lived in at the time the film was filmed. Favreau's downstairs neighbor was actor Adam Scott. See more »


When Mike is on the phone with Michelle. See more »


Sue: What? Come guys I couldn't back down, that guy called me a bitch we kept our "rep" bro.
Charles: Man, fuck "rep" I got a call back tomorrow!
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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 »


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A Must-See for All 20-Something Males
5 January 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Let me preface this review by saying that this is my favorite film of all time. I'm not saying it was the best, most artistic, original, or most innovative...but it is my favorite. It's a movie about a 20-something man getting over a nasty break-up, living in Los Angeles. Pretty simple stuff, but the honesty in the film is amazing. This film boasts the most realistic, and interesting depictions of male friendship I've ever seen. Some might simply pawn this movie off as a buddy flick, but it goes so much deeper than that. Mikey (Favreau) deals with insecurity, rejection, depression, an overwhelming feeling of inadequacy. Something almost everyone can relate to. And, as an audience member, you live and die with the poor guy. The supporting cast is very strong, popping in and out as the assortment of friends populating Mikey's social life. Each is trying, in his own way, to get their buddy out of his post-break up funk, which meet with varying degrees of success. Swingers is chock full of laugh-out-loud moments, and oft-quoted lines ("Our baby's all grows up!") that could very easily lead to repeated viewings of this masterpiece.

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