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American Swing -- The Seventies were sexy and sleazy. At the epicenter of it all was Plato's Retreat, the controversial, first-ever swingers club.  American Swing brings this enigmatic epic of excess to the screen for the first time.


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The rise and fall of 1970s New York City nightclub Plato's Retreat See more »
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Bryce Britton ... Herself
Irwin Corey ... Himself (as Professor Irwin Corey)
William Davidson ... Himself
Dan Dorfman ... Himself
Donna Ferrato ... Herself
Joe Franklin ... Himself

Jamie Gillis ... Himself
Al Goldstein ... Himself
Dian Hanson ... Herself

Buck Henry ... Himself

Ron Jeremy ... Himself

Ed Koch ... Himself
Steve Kraus ... Himself
Larry Levenson ... Himself (archive footage)
Fred J. Lincoln ... Himself (as Fred Lincoln)
Robert L. McGinley ... Himself (as Dr. Robert McGinley)
Howard Smith ... Himself
Annie Sprinkle ... Herself

Melvin Van Peebles ... Himself
Alan Whicker ... Himself (archive footage)
Danny the Wonder Pony ... Himself
Honeysuckle Divine ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Abbie Hoffman ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sharon Mitchell ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Marc Stevens ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Jon Hart 
Mathew Kaufman 
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Jon Hart  based on an article by

Produced by
Christian Hoagland .... producer
Jennifer B. Katz .... associate producer
Mathew Kaufman .... producer
Jason Kliot .... executive producer
Christopher Matson .... associate producer
Gretchen McGowan .... producer
Jack Siegel .... associate producer
Joana Vicente .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jim Coleman 
Cinematography by
Christian Hoagland 
Film Editing by
Keith Reamer 
Production Management
Virginia A. Williams .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Jeff Dittenber .... sound designer
Scott Gatteño .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian Yessian .... sound
Michael Yessian .... sound
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Jared Damond Brown .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
John Bell .... gaffer
Todd Csernecky .... gaffer: Los Angeles
Spencer Gillis .... camera utility
Brian Pruitt .... key grip: Florida (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Cedar Connor .... colorist
Niels Dachler .... colorist
Niels Dachler .... on-line editor
Ethan Henerey .... assistant editor
Alexander Uhlmann .... post-production coordinator
Chris White .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Keith Reamer .... music editor
Other crew
Steve Holmgren .... office manager
Matt Jordan .... office manager
Christopher Matson .... business affairs
Matthew Rasmussen .... assistant: J. Kliot and J. Vicente
Karen Shatzkin .... legal services

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USA:81 min | Canada:81 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Take a cinematic turn on this Swing ride!, 18 January 2010
Author: meeza ( from Miami, Fl

"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

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