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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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Sue
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Charles (as Alex Desert)
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Christy
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Lisa
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Nikki
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Girl with Cigar
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Vegas Dealer
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Vegas Waitress
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$100 Gambler
Joan Favreau ...
$5 Winner
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Storyline

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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There ain't nothing wrong with letting a girl know that you're money, and that you want to party. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$4,505,922 (USA) (31 January 1997)
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The scene with Mike and Trent talking in the car on the side of the road was also filmed without a permit (not only could the production not afford one, it is actually impossible for any film production to acquire one to film on that particular highway). Originally they had planned to film just an establishing shot of the two of them in the car, and a shot of them driving away, and then film the dialog shots later. But director Doug Liman decided instead to film the entire scene on the actual side of the road. During filming, several police showed up, and demanded to see a permit. The assistant director held up the police by telling them that they had a permit, but it was in the office across town, several miles away. To get away with the rest of the scene being filmed, Liman had to pretend he was not filming, and didn't look in the viewfinder, and used a microphone inside of the car instead of a boom. Most of the scene was filmed like this, with the police waiting just out of shot, and the two actors and the director pretending they were in fact not shooting. See more »

Goofs

When Mike is looking at Lorraine across the bar towards the end, her drink changes back and forth from a dry martini to what appears to be a cosmopolitan between shots. See more »

Quotes

Mike: What the fuck are you carrying a gun for? What, in case somebody steps to you, Snoop Dogg?
Sue: Hey man, you're not from here, alright. You don't know how it is. I grew up in L.A.
Trent: Anaheim.
Sue: Whatever, man. It's different out here. It's not like New York, Mikey.
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Crazy Credits

Instead of scrolling up, the credits at the end of the film flash on and off of the screen. See more »

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Champagne Time
Performed by Lawrence Welk
Written by George Cates (as G. Cates) and Mort Greene (as M. Greene)
Courtesy of Ranwood Records/A Welk Music Group Co.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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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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