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The Swimming Pool (1969)

La piscine (original title)
Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their vacation in a villa on the French Riviera near St-Tropez. Marianne invites her former lover, Harry, and his teenage daughter to stay. Tension rises between them, especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope.


Jacques Deray


Jean-Claude Carrière (adaptation), Jacques Deray (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Alain Delon ... Jean-Paul
Romy Schneider ... Marianne
Maurice Ronet ... Harry / Pénélope's father
Jane Birkin ... Pénélope / Harry's daughter
Paul Crauchet ... L'inspecteur / Inspector Lévêque
Steve Eckardt Steve Eckardt ... Fred (as Steve Eckhardt)
Maddly Bamy Maddly Bamy ... La mulâtre qui / Dancing Mulatto (as Madlybamy)
Suzie Jaspard Suzie Jaspard ... Emilie / Maid
Thierry Chabert Thierry Chabert ... Un ami / A friend
Stéphanie Fugain Stéphanie Fugain ... Une amie à la party
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Price Ruth Price ... Singer


Lovers Marianne and Jean-Paul spend their vacation in a villa near St.-Tropez. The main feature of the villa is a swimming pool, stage for most of the action. After a visit Marianne invites former lover Harry and his teenage daughter Penelope to stay. Tension between the grown-ups rises especially when Jean-Paul seduces Penelope. The consequences are deadly. Written by Peter Zunneberg <p.zunneberg@tip.nl>

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Warm, wet bodies fresh in the sweet heat of loving. See more »


Crime | Drama | Romance


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France | Italy


French | English

Release Date:

August 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La piscine See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$28,550, 31 December 1970
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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Jacques Deray in his biography, the shooting crew received as guests the two French swimming champions Christine Caron and Alain Mosconi who friendly competed a 100 yards trial in the swimming pool against the actors. See more »


The Maserati Ghibli sports car is a V8 and should have 8 cylinders. Harry says it is a V8 with 4 cylinders when he tries to impress Jean-Paul at the end of his joyride. See more »


Featured in De zomer draait door: Episode #2.22 (2009) See more »


Piège à Reflets
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
Solo Violin by Stéphane Grappelli
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Torpor in St Tropez
1 July 2018 | by shakercoolaSee all my reviews

A sumptuous idyll in the South of France. Still air. Full Mediterranean sun. One pool. Two lovers. Two guests - one, an old acquaintance to one and a former lover to another, the other his daughter, a mystery to all. The rest is a well controlled drama of hedonism, sensuality, eroticism, sexual longing, anxiety and unfulfillment. Compacted these all lead to a weakness for one and their dastardly deed. A film so slow moving, and as enervating as the heat of the sun over the villa, could easily be hard viewing. But, the camera loves these beautiful chic people and the intrigue they create.

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