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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

Gross USA:

$1,092,911
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The Swimming Company See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)
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[On Cambodia's history and people]
Spalding Gray: What a fantastic land it was, how it was Shangri-La before it was colonized... Thailand was a Nordic country compared to Cambodia, and they're right next to each other. And he said 90% of the land was owned by the people; it was earth, it was dirt, but it was THEIRS, and it was good. And-and they knew how to have a good time. They knew how to have a good time. They knew how to have a good time getting born, a good time growing up, a good time going through ...
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Masterful monologue
21 December 1999 | by JunkillSee all my reviews

"Swimming to Cambodia" is an amazing piece of work. One of Spalding Gray's monologue pieces, it features him taking a story that seems like it should have been only mildly interesting and turning it into poetry. Directed by the incomparable Johnathan Demme and featuring music by the brilliant and eccentric Laurie Anderson, Gray recounts his experiences in the filming of "The Killing Fields." Gray's words tell of bizarre, disturbing, exciting and moving experiences in exotic locales. His words move from beautiful to disgusting, hopeful to horrifying, and always with a masterful lyricism that places him as one of the absolute masters of the English language! The book (published 1985) is supposed to be a great read, but the film of Gray himself telling the stories is an experience beyond compare. Spalding Gray's genius will be greatly missed.


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