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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

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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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

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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Mono

Color:

Color (TVC)
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[On dealing with the annoying upstairs neighbor]
Spalding Gray: Renee? Renee's father was in the Jewish Mafia. She knows the language. She grew up in the streets of New York. She calls her up and goes, "BET YA WANNA DIE, RIGHT, BITCH? CUNT, I'LL BEAT YOUR FUCKING FACE IN WITH A BASEBALL BAT! BITCH! CUNT! DIE! DIE! DIE!"
[Spalding slams the "phone" down hard]
Spalding Gray: [sighing] Music goes louder. Renee figures the woman's a masochist and is getting off on the language.
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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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amazing! True art ! Must-see!
16 January 2003 | by KGB-Greece-PatrasSee all my reviews

This thing is easily characterized as one-of-a-kind film, or at least I didn't ever see a film that even gets close to its context, techniques or style. Basicaly it's a raving, very funny monologue, but then again, much more than this! In 85 mins. it manages to talk about so many matters both serious and funny without making you be bored with it, at least if you 're a serious person, hehe :)

Of course these all are objective, but I loved it!


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