Swimfan (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  6 September 2002 (USA)
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A high school senior with a promising swimming career has a one-night stand with consequences.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carla Cronin
Rene (as Kia Joy Goodwin)
Coach Simkins
Michael Higgins ...
Mr. Tillman
Detective John Zabel
Pamela Isaacs ...
Mrs. Egan
Christopher Dante (as James Debello)
Aunt Gretchen Christopher


New Jersey high school senior Ben Cronin is a former juvenile delinquent, whose past criminal behavior was fueled by and for drug use. He credits the support of his now long time girlfriend Amy Miller and getting into competitive swimming as the primary reasons for turning his life around, which includes working part-time at the hospital where his single mother works. He has become the star swimmer of his high school team, so much so that scouts from Stanford University are coming in a week's time to watch Ben swim. Ben has a new swim fan in Madison Bell, a recent transfer student to Ben's high school. Despite Ben making it clear that he is in a committed relationship, Madison seduces him, the seduction to which he succumbs. They agree afterward that their encounter was a one-time only event, but Ben slowly comes to the realization that despite Madison's assertions to the contrary, she has more in mind with him. He feels her constant unspoken threats to expose their tryst and ... Written by Huggo

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Ben Cronin had the perfect life until he met the new girl. See more »


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements, sexual content, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 September 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Swimf@n  »

Box Office


$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,326,601 (USA) (6 September 2002)


$44,246 (South Africa) (11 April 2003)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joseph M. Caracciolo Jr.:  policeman in police car during opening credits. See more »


The letterman's jacket in Jake's room is spelled "Lions". Ben takes it from his room. When Christopher wears it at the hospital, it is now spelled "Lyons". See more »


Ben: How many times to I have to make this clear to you? I'm not with you. I'm with Amy!
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References Play Misty for Me (1971) See more »


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On par with Urban Legend and the other teen flix
6 September 2002 | by (Stockton, CA) – See all my reviews

Have to admit that I enjoy watching the infamous teen horror films. Don't get me wrong, they probably won't be nominated for any Academy Awards, but they're not a waste of a movie ticket either.

Both Jesse Bradford and Erika Christensen carry the film well. Although much of the plot remains predictable, with a lot of help from the trailers, there are still a few plot twists that will keep viewers interested. Madison Bell (Christensen) is the new student who gets what she wants, at any cost. Obession can be a very interesting and intriguing game as she sets her sights on Ben Cronin (Bradford). However, Ben already has the perfect life as a high school student (a chance at Stanford, the perfect girl and a solid swimming career. Throw a monkey wrench into the equation, and Ben's world spins out of control.

A good movie to see on a date, or if City by the Sea isn't appealing. Leave the youngsters at home on this one.

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