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The Girl in a Swing (1988)

A London art broker goes to Copenhagen where he requires the services of a secretary fluent in Danish, English, and German. He falls deeply in love with the woman, despite the fact that he ... See full summary »

Director:

Gordon Hessler

Writers:

Richard Adams (novel), Gordon Hessler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meg Tilly ... Karin
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ... Alan
Nicholas Le Prevost ... The Vicar
Elspet Gray ... Mrs. Dresland
Lynsey Baxter ... Barbara
Jean Boht Jean Boht ... Mrs. Taswell
Lorna Heilbron ... Flick
Ljuba Castot Ljuba Castot ... Child in Water
Helen Cherry ... Lady Alice
Mogens Dalsgaard Mogens Dalsgaard ... Concert Pianist
Su Elliot Su Elliot ... Nurse
June Ellis June Ellis ... Lady at Auction
Patrick Godfrey ... Coroner
Ebbe Langberg Ebbe Langberg ... Per Simonsen
Preston Lockwood Preston Lockwood ... Man at Sothebys
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A London art broker goes to Copenhagen where he requires the services of a secretary fluent in Danish, English, and German. He falls deeply in love with the woman, despite the fact that he knows virtually nothing about her. She insists on not being married in a church, and after they are married, some bad things from her past begin surfacing in subtly supernatural ways, and he must find the best way to deal with them without destroying their relationship. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flickan i gungan See more »

Filming Locations:

Denmark See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$747,013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$747,013
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Production Co:

Panorama See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)| Color
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I haven't read the book
16 July 2003 | by abacus24See all my reviews

The movie wasn't a masterpiece. But it was worth the time spent watching it. Whether it was intentional or not, the movie's slightly off-kilter tempo and underdeveloped story line gave it an eerie, life-like feeling. The interactions between Karin and Alan reminded me of having an interesting conversation with someone you just met. You spend hours laughing, exploring the world's fascinations and revealing intimate details about yourself, but after the conversation ends, you really can't recall anything about the other person; you're left wanting for more. I suppose because I hadn't read the book I had no expectations about it. To me, the movie was about a man who simply marries uncertainty. Alan never really knew Karin completely. Similar to life, we never really know everything about Karin; where she was from or what was going on inside her head. We had vague glimpses, but nothing concrete. Do you really know your spouse? I mean, really? We are always off-guard; we could never quite grab hold of Karin. I admit the movie was hard to watch, but I had this desire to finish it out. After it was over, I wanted more; like the starving man who eats the meager portions on his plate. He doesn't really care who made his meal or what is in it, but he knows he'll need more of it. Also, about Meg Tilley's much maligned German accent. She didn't deliver the stereotypical Marlene Dietrich or Colonel Klink accent; she sounds like the some of the real Germans I know here in the west side of Germany.


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