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The Swimming Pool (1969)

La piscine (original title)
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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.

Director:

Jacques Deray

Writers:

Jean-Claude Carrière (adaptation), Jacques Deray (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alain Delon ... Jean-Paul
Romy Schneider ... Marianne
Maurice Ronet ... Harry
Jane Birkin ... Pénélope
Paul Crauchet ... L'inspecteur Lévêque
Suzie Jaspard Suzie Jaspard ... Emilie
Maddly Bamy Maddly Bamy ... La mulâtre qui danse (as Madlybamy)
Thierry Chabert Thierry Chabert ... Un ami
Steve Eckardt Steve Eckardt ... Fred (as Steve Eckart)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ruth Price ... Singer
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jane Birkin's first French film. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jean-Paul: You talk a lot about the others, but never a word about Harry.
Marianne: Because there's nothing to tell.
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Alternate Versions

Spanish ending. A short shot of about 20 sec is added at the end for moral reasons: high angle on Inspector Levêque stopping his car in front of the house, followed by a police van. See more »

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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 7 (2002) See more »

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Blues pour Romy
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Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
Solo Voice by Michel Legrand
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Not flawless but still a classic

This film about surface and inner passion (derangement, fear, etc...obviously symbolized by the pool) is a pleasure, mostly through the performances of Alain Delon and Romy Schneider. Most of the plot lies under the surface and there are many scenes where one must read between the lines to understand where everything will lead to. Okay, the film could have been a bit shorter, but the actors in my opinion really make up for it. We've seen everything now in the movies - but still, the opening sequence is one of the hottest scenes ever filmed. I cannot explain, see it yourself.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

August 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,989
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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