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Swimming to Cambodia (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | April 1987 (USA)
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Spalding Gray discusses his participation in the film The Killing Fields (1984) and the background story about the troubles of Cambodia.

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Jonathan Demme

Writer:

Spalding Gray
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Cast

Cast overview:
Spalding Gray ... Himself
Sam Waterston ... Additional cast from 'The Killing Fields' (archive footage)
Ira Wheeler Ira Wheeler ... Additional cast from 'The Killing Fields' (archive footage)
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Storyline

Spalding Gray sits behind a desk throughout the entire film and recounts his exploits and chance encounters while playing a minor role in the film 'The Killing Fields'. At the same time, he gives a background to the events occurring in Cambodia at the time the film was set. Written by Peter Goldsack <peteg@hpsqf.sqf.hp.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,745, 15 March 1987, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,092,911
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The Swimming Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)
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Spalding Gray: So five years of bombing, a diet of bark, bugs, lizards and leaves up in the Cambodian jungles, an education in Paris environs in strict Maoist doctrine with a touch of Rousseau, and other things that we will probably never know about in our lifetimes - including perhaps an invisible cloud of evil that circles the Earth and lands at random in places like Iran, Beirut, Germany, Cambodia, America - set the Khmer Rouge up to commit the worst auto-homeo genocide in modern history
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This is my opinion. so don't be surprised if you disagree.
8 May 2002 | by wasps_elbowSee all my reviews

Swimming to Cambodia, is deep, insightful and hillarious.

You are caught up in Gray's fast paced account of his time in Thailand and boston and New York and god only knows how many other places, the whole experience is enhanced by the fabulous play on lighting, music and camerawork. You'll find yourself either leaning forward, swept up in the rythum of his speech, and the depth of both detail and insight. or sagging back in your chair as you catch your breath, or on the brink of tears, or clutching your sides as you laugh.

I gave this film a ten, and i'm not easily impressed.

watch this film with friends or on your own as it's perfect for either. But be sure watch it more than once, as it will never get old.


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