MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,890 this week

American Swing (2008)

6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 466 users   Metascore: 59/100
Reviews: 6 user | 24 critic | 9 from Metacritic.com

Chronicles the rise and fall of 1970s New York City nightclub Plato's Retreat.

Directors:

,

Writer:

(based on an article by)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

IMDb Picks: June

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in June, brought to you by Swiffer.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 23 Nov 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 31 Jul 2013
 
a list of 1548 titles
created 11 Feb 2014
 
a list of 151 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 100 titles
created 8 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "American Swing" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: American Swing (2008)

American Swing (2008) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of American Swing.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Adult
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Director Dag Yngvesson begins making a documentary about the porn industry, until he is asked by a desperate director to shoot film for his next adult movie. After agreeing, he is led ... See full summary »

Director: Dag Yngvesson
Stars: Jeanna Fine, William Margold, Gina Everett
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The world's greatest detective, Ippei Kuroda, is back and this time hired by a politician to find his estranged daughter. When the daughter is found dead, the mystery deepens. Meanwhile, ... See full summary »

Director: Yôjirô Takita
Stars: Yukijirô Hotaru, Yutaka Ikejima, Yoshimi Kai
Urban Feel (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An estranged couple receives an unexpected visitor who throws everything in their family off balance.

Director: Jonathan Sagall
Stars: Dafna Rechter, Jonathan Sagall, Shmil Ben Ari
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Sadness, loss and disappointment as seen through the eyes of Zoey, a prostitute trying to make a better life for herself only to find that no matter how hard you try, it may never be enough.

Director: Dustin Lane
Stars: Olivia May, Michael Finn, Kelly Gault
Paris, France (1993)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Lucy (Leslie Hope), her husband Michael (Victor Ertmanis), and their business partner William (Dan Left) are the owners of a small publishing company in Toronto. The stability of their ... See full summary »

Director: Jerry Ciccoritti
Stars: Leslie Hope, Peter Outerbridge, Victor Ertmanis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Felipe Vega
Stars: Roberto Enríquez, Natalia Millán, David Selvas
The Bathers (2003)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

Sexy, gritty and as provocative as a lap dance, The Bathers takes an insider's look at the lives of six women working as dancers at a seedy Parisian peep show. Governed by their ... See full summary »

Director: Viviane Candas
Stars: Jean-Pierre Kalfon, Ann-Gisel Glass, André Marcon
Jigyaasa (2006)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Story of an innocent girl who comes from a very poor family. She has dreams to become a super-star at any given cost. But little she knew was how bad she'll be exploited in the dark side of film world!

Director: Faisal Saif
Stars: Nassar Abdulla, Rakesh Bedi, Hrishitaa Bhatt
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Struggling publisher's agent, in a bad live-in relationship, recruits a romance novelist whose bestsellers document her affair with the agent, and betrayal. She refuses the deal, just to ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Sedan
Stars: Jeff Davis, Amy Lindsay, Lisa Comshaw
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
Director: Aurelio Grimaldi
Stars: Antonella Salvucci, Valerio Tambone, Sara Sartini
Post Coitum (1997)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The end of an affair from the woman's point of view.

Director: Brigitte Roüan
Stars: Brigitte Roüan, Patrick Chesnais, Boris Terral
Secretaries (Video 2005)
Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

Secretaries stopping at nothing to get a promotion.

Director: Janine Gosselin
Stars: Kelli Brown, Dale DaBone, Alana Evans
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Bryce Britton ...
Herself
Irwin Corey ...
Himself (as Professor Irwin Corey)
William Davidson ...
Himself
Dan Dorfman ...
Himself
Donna Ferrato ...
Herself
Joe Franklin ...
Himself
...
Himself
Al Goldstein ...
Himself
Dian Hanson ...
Herself
...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself
Steve Kraus ...
Himself
Larry Levenson ...
Himself (archive footage)
Fred J. Lincoln ...
Himself (as Fred Lincoln)
Edit

Storyline

The parallel stories of Plato's Retreat, a Manhattan sex club for straight couples that operated from 1977 until the mid 1980s, and of Larry Levenson, the club's impresario. In present-day interviews, Larry's family talks about him, while writers, reporters, and clients talk about the club. Mixed with these interviews are still photographs and archival footage of the club, Larry's appearances on talk shows, and newspaper articles. By the late 70s, the club was in full swing, with talk of Plato's Retreats in other cities. By the end of the decade, tax problems had Larry in trouble with the IRS and changing mores gave the club a different vibe. Then AIDS became an epidemic. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The rise and fall of 1970s New York City nightclub Plato's Retreat See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 October 2009 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

A swingkirály  »

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,174 (USA) (27 March 2009)

Gross:

$28,562 (USA) (10 April 2009)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Midnight Blue (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Fox on the Run
(uncredited)
Written by Brian Connolly, Steve Priest, Andy Scott and Mick Tucker
Performed by Sweet
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Take a cinematic turn on this Swing ride!
18 January 2010 | by (Miami, Fl) – See all my reviews

"American Swing" is not about Joe DiMaggio, Reggie Jackson, or even Derek Jeter. However, it is about another New York basher who had one hell of a swing, but no baseballs needed here. He would be Larry Levenson, the impresario of the famed New York heterosexual Swingers club "Plato's Retreat". "American Swing" orgies its way dickimentary, I mean documentary style, in its telling of Levenson's New York sexual staple which ran from 1979-1985 and also on his obsession on being the "King of Swing". Directors Jon Hart & Matthew Kaufman do a credible job in presenting the zaniness of the Plato period by interviewing many Plato players including: managers, patrons, employees, and even celebrities that would take a swing at Plato from time to time. Their Plato philosophies & storytelling is the rouser of "American Swing"! On the negative swing of things, the doc also presents the downfall of Levenson and "Plato's Retreat". "Plato's Retreat" will never be a historic landmark but it laid (had to use "laid" sooner or later) the foundation of the Swingers Heterosexual Sex Club Enterprise which, whether you like it or not, have been erecting from year to year in our country and are here to stay. It might not be for everyone in the household, but I say "take a swing" at the entertaining documentary "American Swing". **** Good


3 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
This documentary was very enlightening, anyone else agree? clarita2
'Everybody gets laid here' chachadynamite
Studio 54 Of Kink? FILMMUSICANDTV
Discuss American Swing (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page