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Man on a Swing (1974)

A small-town police chief investigating a murder is offered help by a self-described psychic. However, when the chief discovers that the "psychic" is in possession of information known only... See full summary »

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Frank Perry

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David Zelag Goodman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cliff Robertson ... Lee Tucker
Joel Grey ... Franklin Wills
Dorothy Tristan ... Janet Tucker
Elizabeth Wilson ... Dr. Anna Willson
George Voskovec ... Dr. Nicholas Holnar
Ron Weyand Ron Weyand ... Dr. Philip Fusco
Peter Masterson ... Willie Younger
Lane Smith ... Ted Ronan
Joe Ponazecki Joe Ponazecki ... Dan Lloyd
Christopher Allport ... Richie Tom Keating
Patricia Hawkins Patricia Hawkins ... Diana Spenser
Richard Venture Richard Venture ... Man in Motel
Dianne Hull ... Maggie Dawson
Gil Gerard ... Donald Forbes
Robert Dryden Robert Dryden ... Mr. Dawson
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A small-town police chief investigating a murder is offered help by a self-described psychic. However, when the chief discovers that the "psychic" is in possession of information known only to the police, he suspects that the man may be more involved in the case than he lets on. Written by Anonymous

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Clairvoyant. Occultist. Murderer. Which?


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Covjek na ljuljacki See more »

Filming Locations:

Milford, Connecticut, USA

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Production Co:

Jaffilms Inc. See more »
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Runtime:

(TV movie)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Joel Grey's first feature film after winning the Oscar for "Cabaret" (1972). See more »

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29 December 2014 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Frank Perry's "Man on a Swing" is one of the most haunting movies that you'll ever see. Cliff Robertson plays a police detective investigating a murder who enlists the help of a man (Joel Grey) who claims to be clairvoyant. During his trances this man describes things that he couldn't have learned from the media...but is it real clairvoyance?

There are a couple of focuses. There's the investigation, but also the presumed psychic's trances that make you wonder if he's about to do something sinister. And then there are the strange things that start happening to the detective and his wife. Is it the presumed psychic or is something else going on?

The most haunting thing is that this movie is based on a true story that was still unsolved at the time of the movie's release (I don't know whether they solved it afterwards). Joel Grey puts on what must be the most impressive role of his career. Far from the jolly emcee in "Cabaret", his character here makes you feel as if you're walking on eggshells. It's one of those movies that keeps you guessing every step of the way. I recommend it.

The rest of the cast includes Peter Masterson (the husband in the original "Stepford Wives"), Lane Smith (the DA in "My Cousin Vinny"), Josef Sommer (Harrison Ford's superior in "Witness") and Penelope Milford (Jane Fonda's friend in "Coming Home").


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