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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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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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Taglines:

The first one out is in...the last one out is dead! 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The Vuarnet 006 sunglasses worn by Alain Delon in the film became a sensation. Matthias Schoenaerts wore a reissue of the sunglasses in the remake A Bigger Splash (2015). See more »

Goofs

A body of someone that has just drowned does not float on water. Only after the decaying process has started and gases build up in the body does the body float to the surface. See more »

Alternate Versions

English version. As all the cast, except Paul Crauchet, were fluent in English the scenes were shot both in French and in English. This version proves to be funny for the English-by-the-book used in the dialogue (obviously a line by line rendition of the original French script). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Monogamie für Anfänger (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

De Souvenirs en Regrets
(uncredited)
Written and Performed by Michel Legrand
Solo Violin by Stéphane Grappelli
Solo Voices by Michel Legrand and Christiane Legrand
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Not flawless but still a classic
30 May 2002 | by traklSee all my reviews

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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