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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.

Director:

Jonathan Demme

Writers:

Spalding Gray (monologue), 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

Gross USA:

$1,092,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,092,911
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Production Co:

The Swimming Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)
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Spalding Gray: [as aide] A computer malfunction put out the wrong set of coordinates. Seems a single B52 opened up over Neak Leung. There's a...
Spalding Gray: [as himself] I didn't get the image! I didn't get the image for homing beacon, and I just blanked and I went...
Spalding Gray: [as aide] ... there's a "housing device" right in the middle of town!
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Alternate Versions

A&E cuts out the part of the sex performer doing tricks with her vagina (including the banana hitting the wall, which Gray alludes to early in the act.) In addition, the scene uses different close-ups, and ends with "boobly oobly." See more »

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References The Killing Fields (1984) See more »

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Monologue about filming 'The Killing Fields' reveals genius shock!
31 March 2005 | by mattbyrne69See all my reviews

Spalding's 'Swimming to Cambodia' defies the preconceptions often brought to a movie: we get to see one man at a desk, with a lamp and a glass of water, and a map of Cambodia with a pointer to help. And then Gray's amazing ability to hook the listener into his amazing free improvised anecdotes makes it worth a thousand blockbusters. Demme's film prior to this was 'Something Wild'... this is wilder and wittier. Do yourself a favour and watch. Spalding's tragic suicide last year brings a poignant edge to many of his existential observations, but this is uplifting, entertaining, funny and harrowing all in one. And it's a monologue. Sam Shephard once said it was impossible to compare anyone to Spalding, so unique was he. Here's the proof.


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