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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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Company Credits

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The Swimming Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)
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Quotes

Spalding Gray: No one in America knew anything about Lon Nol - the press didn't know anything about Lon Nol except "Lon Nol" spelled backwards spelled "Lon Nol"!
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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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The Ultimate Indie Film
31 July 2001 | by smraganSee all my reviews

It doesn't get much lower-budget than this: A guy sitting at a desk on a stage with a notebook, a pointer, and a map of Cambodia on the wall behind him. And for an hour-and-a-half, he keeps you absolutely mesmerized, by doing little more than talking. The special lighting, cinematography, musical effects, and odd film inserts that Demme's production brings to Gray's monologue (which, like so many of the films I truly love, was performed on a stage before it was brought to the screen) work ever-so-slightly to enhance the performance at certain points, but by and large this is just Spalding Gray, a wonderful story-teller, doing his thing. In terms of bang for your production buck, Swimming to Cambodia has to be right up there with The Blair Witch Project. A great film.


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