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cocktails first. questions later. See more »
Wannabe actors become regulars in the stylish neo-lounge scene; Trent teaches his friend Mike the unwritten rules of the scene. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jon Favreau ... Mike

Vince Vaughn ... Trent

Ron Livingston ... Rob

Patrick Van Horn ... Sue

Alex Désert ... Charles (as Alex Desert)

Heather Graham ... Lorraine
Deena Martin ... Christy

Katherine Kendall ... Lisa

Brooke Langton ... Nikki

Blake Lindsley ... Girl with Cigar
Kevin James Kelly ... Vegas Dealer

Stephanie Ittleson ... Vegas Waitress

Vernon Vaughn ... $100 Gambler
Joan Favreau ... $5 Winner

Rio Hackford ... Skully

Caitlyn Tyler Cole ... Girl at Party (as Jan Dykstra)

Maddie Corman ... Peek-a-Boo Girl
Marty & Elayne ... Dresden Lounge Act
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ... Derby Band
Sheri Rosenblum ... $100 Gambler
Stasea Rosenblum ... $100 Gambler

Pamela Shaw ... $5 Gambler
Tom Alley ... Pit Boss
Reverend Phil Dixon ... Lounge Lizard
Ashley M. Rogers ... Bartender
Jay Diola ... Skully's Crew / Derby Dancer
Nicholas Gagliarducci ... Skully's Crew
David Gould ... Skully's Crew
Bill Phillips ... Skully's Crew
Mensur Hamud ... Pink Dot Guy

Ahmed Ahmed ... Party Mystery Guy
Eufemia Plimpton ... Derby Lady
Melinda Starr ... Derby Lady

Samantha Lemole ... Dresden Lady
Jessica Buchman ... Dresden Lady
Caroline O'Meara ... Diner Waitress
Gary Aurbach ... Derby Doorman
Brad Halvorson ... Derby Doorman
Christopher R. Joyce ... Diner Patron
Edward Rissien ... Diner Patron
Jenna Rissien ... Diner Patron
Mark Smith ... Diner Patron
John Abraham ... Derby Dancer (as John Abrham)
Rachael Lin Gallaghan ... Derby Dancer (as Rachel Gallaghan)
Lisa Guerriero ... Derby Dancer
Thomas Hall ... Derby Dancer
Damiana Kamishin ... Derby Dancer
Curtis Lindersmith ... Derby Dancer
Jennifer Lucero ... Derby Dancer
Pinki Marsolek ... Derby Dancer
Rhonda Martin ... Derby Dancer
Martina Migenes ... Derby Dancer
Paul Mojica ... Derby Dancer
Sam Mollo ... Derby Dancer
Jacob Morris ... Derby Dancer
Michael Scott ... Derby Dancer
Bernard Serrano ... Derby Dancer
Rosalind Smith ... Derby Dancer
Molly Stern ... Derby Dancer
Johnny Walker ... Derby Dancer
Lisa Wolstein ... Derby Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dan Kapelovitz ... Partygoer (uncredited)
Tiffany Kuzon ... Michelle in Pictures (uncredited)
Nicole LaLoggia ... Michelle on Phone (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Doug Liman 
Writing credits
Jon Favreau (written by)

Produced by
Jon Favreau .... co-producer
Nicole LaLoggia .... line producer (as Nicole Shay LaLoggia)
Avram Ludwig .... associate producer
Vesco Razpopov .... associate producer (as Avant-Garde Studios)
Bradford L. Schlei .... associate producer
Victor Simpkins .... producer
Cary Woods .... executive producer
Original Music by
Justin Reinhardt 
Cinematography by
Doug Liman (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Stephen Mirrione 
Casting by
Linda Francis 
Production Design by
Brad Halvorson 
Costume Design by
Genevieve Tyrrell 
Makeup Department
Eric Polito .... hair stylist (as Eric A. Polito)
Eric Polito .... makeup artist (as Eric A. Polito)
Molly Stern .... hair stylist (as Molly B. Stern)
Molly Stern .... makeup artist (as Molly B. Stern)
Production Management
Alan Noel Vega .... general production manager
Eden Wurmfeld .... production manager (as Eden H. Wurmfeld)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Avram Ludwig .... first assistant director
Brad Minnich .... second assistant director
Art Department
David Gould .... art department work
Diana Pederson .... property master
Stephen Scarlata .... swing
Sound Department
Larry Benjamin .... sound re-recording mixer
David Cook .... boom operator (as David A. Cook)
Michael P. Cook .... dialogue editor
Ross Davis .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Dugre .... sound recording engineer
Inga Larsen .... dialogue editor
Renee Sabath .... sound editor
Alan B. Samuels .... production sound
Alan B. Samuels .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Dan Winthrop .... opticals
Camera and Electrical Department
Lorna Leslie .... first assistant camera
Vladimir Melnik .... key grip
Sabrina Merics .... second assistant camera
Arlene Pachasa .... still photographer
Michael Pescasio .... grip
Roderick Spencer .... gaffer
Jim Towne .... still photographer
Ken Rudolph .... title photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Andrea Curtis .... casting
Kathryn Marsh .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathleen Beaton .... wardrobe assistant
Tish Beckman .... wardrobe assistant
Melinda Starr .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Xochilt Baez .... apprentice editor
David Hamme .... assistant colorist
Bob La Rossa .... color timer
Amber Pfeiffer .... assistant editor
Music Department
Julianne Jordan .... music supervisor (as Julianne Kelley)
Justin Reinhardt .... musician: piano
Bart Samolis .... musician
Barry G. Thomas .... music consultant (as Barry Thomas)
Other crew
Paul S. Alcus .... script supervisor
Anthony Barrios .... production assistant
Jay Diola .... production assistant
Denee Edwards .... production assistant
Christophe Farber .... production assistant
Nicholas Gagliarducci .... production assistant
Christopher Gambale .... assistant to Harvey Weinstein
Damiana Kamishin .... dance coordinator
Bradford L. Schlei .... production coordinator
Lizzie Schwartz .... assistant: Mr. Woods
Scott Wells .... script supervisor (as Tyrone Scott Alexander Wells)
Dan Winthrop .... titles: designer/director (uncredited)
Cynthia Shelton Droke .... thanks
Lesley Wolff .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
Rated R for language throughout
96 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:MA (original rating) | Canada:14A | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:U | Iceland:L | Spain:7 | Sweden:11 (video rating) | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Trent looks at the "lower stakes tables" his head is already looking in the other tables direction and then he's seen turning his head again. Throughout the seen there are other more subtle head position flaws.See more »
Trent:I'm gonna make Gretzky's head bleed for super fan 99 over here.See more »
Movie Connections:
Cruel Spell (of Love)See more »


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52 out of 68 people found the following review useful.
As enjoyable as any film in recent memory., 24 November 1999
Author: svswinger-2 from Simi Valley, CA

I think a few of the readers who have commented on this film seem to be missing the point. While it can be said that this movie has no plot to speak of and no central point to it, my response is: so what? Not every movie is made to teach you how to live your life. Some of us can watch a movie simply for the pure enjoyment of listening to characters interact. Swingers does a better job of achieving this than the majority of movies ever made. Anybody can make Godzilla or Independence Day, but it takes a truly special movie to become a "cult hit" with nothing more at it's disposal than no-name actors (at the time) and catchy dialogue. This movie was the springboard for virtually every actor in it, with each going on to more well known parts.

Ok, enough preaching, pure and simple this movie is great. Vince Vaughn's character is one of the most likable characters you'll see in a movie. Even if you have nothing in common with someone like him, you can't help but like him. He's hilarious, smooth, and a loyal friend, and he has some of the most quotable lines in the movie. Everyone else on this site has quoted it time and again, so no need for me to, but let's just say it's funny stuff. John Favreau's character, Mikey, makes you laugh while at the same time wanting to slap him for being so stupid. There's so many funny scenes in this movie, I can't even begin to describe them. But the best by far always involve Vaughn, and the part where he's in the trailer describing his experience auditioning for a pilot is classic. You know he's feeding the girls a line the whole time, but it's so convincing and everyone is so in awe of him, it's hysterical. And when Mikey tries to act cool in front of the waitresses they meet, and fails to do so, only to see Trent tell them he's a producer and watch them swoon, I can't see how people don't find that funny.

Anyways, if you haven't seen this movie yet, do yourself a favor and go rent it. The buildup offered on this site is only a fraction of what you'll actually get out of watching it. 10+/10

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