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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.

Director:

Jacques Deray

Writers:

Jean-Claude Carrière (adaptation), Jacques Deray (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Catherine Rouvel
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Cast

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
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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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The most dangerous love-game ever played. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

August 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La piscine See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$28,550, 31 December 1970
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Both French and English-language versions of the film were made, with the actors filmed speaking English for the international release, which was unusual at a time when movies were always either dubbed or subtitled. That 114-minute international release, shorter than the French version, also had slightly different editing. 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 »

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Referenced in Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

La Piscine
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
Solo Violin by Stéphane Grappelli
Solo Voices by Michel Legrand and Christiane Legrand
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Sluggish, atmospheric French thriller.
12 January 2005 | by gridoonSee all my reviews

"Sluggish" is the key word here. In the movie's sluggish first hour, director Jacques Deray does little except perfectly capturing the atmosphere of summer heat - the blazing sun, the rippling water of a pool, the sensuousness of the almost-naked bodies....while the characters say things like "I'm going to shave", compete in swimming and go shopping. Because this is also supposed to be a thriller, a murder must eventually come - and it comes after 80 minutes, in an atmospheric and memorable, but also poorly motivated scene. The aftermath of the murder is as sluggish as its preparation. It's really a well-made film, but maybe TOO suggestive - the audience has to fill in too many blanks. Another problem, already pointed out by a previous reviewer, is that Birkin (the young girl that catches Delon's eye) is a lot less attractive than Schneider (the woman he already has by his side) (**1/2)


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