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Swoon (1992)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama | 25 September 1992 (UK)
The true story of gay lovers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. who kidnapped and murdered a child in the early 1920s for kicks. The plot covers the months before the crime, the ... See full summary »

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Tom Kalin

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Tom Kalin, Hilton Als (collaborating writer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Schlachet Daniel Schlachet ... Richard Loeb
Craig Chester ... Nathan Leopold Jr.
Ron Vawter ... State's Attorney Crowe
Michael Kirby ... Detective Savage
Michael Stumm Michael Stumm ... Doctor Bowman
Valda Z. Drabla Valda Z. Drabla ... Germaine Reinhardt
Natalie Stanford Natalie Stanford ... Susan Lurie
Isabela Araujo Isabela Araujo ... Venus in Furs Diva
Jill 'Spanky' Buchanan Jill 'Spanky' Buchanan ... Venus in Furs Diva
Nashom Benjamin Nashom Benjamin ... Venus in Furs Diva / Mona Foot (as Mona Foot)
Trash Trash ... Venus in Furs Diva
Trasharama Trasharama ... Venus in Furs Diva
Nashom Wooden Nashom Wooden ... Venus in Furs Diva
Peter Bowen Peter Bowen ... Factory Workman
Ryan Landry Ryan Landry ... Ivory
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The true story of gay lovers, Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. who kidnapped and murdered a child in the early 1920s for kicks. The plot covers the months before the crime, the investigation, trial and final fate of the two men. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Was it a crime of passion? Or a passion for crime?

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Crime | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Swoon - Colapso do Desejo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$340,147
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was shot in two different blocks of time: first in October-November or 1990, then in August 1991. Craig Chester had to grow his hair back out after shaving it for the prison scenes, and then had his head shaved again when more prison scenes had to be filmed. The very first scenes shot was the kidnapping and the call from the phone booth. See more »

Goofs

The two lead characters use a telephone with Touch Tone dialing-systems and other modern devices (TV remote controls, ballpoint pens, etc), even though the film is set in the early 1920's. The placement of such anachronistic objects was deliberate on the part of the filmmakers. See more »

Quotes

Nathan Leopold Jr.: If I do what you want...
Richard Loeb: I'll do what you want.
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Version of Rope (1957) See more »

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intriguing, puzzeling and yet satisfying film
23 November 2001 | by endymion82See all my reviews

"Swoon" is an enigmatic, sometimes almost inaccessible film that I continue to find oddly emotionally satisfying, even after having seen it at least a dozen times. An intentionally chaotic jumble of images and brilliance, speckled with anachronisms, sly winks at the camera, stock footage and allegorical sound affects, the film functions more like an avante-garde stage play than a typical movie- and yet it remains very cinematic, very engaging despite being occasionally cryptic, and very emotionally powerful- even surprisingly romantic in places- even though there is clearly a satiric and dry bent to the director's vision. Like a good Hal Hartley film, there is an intelligent handling of deep, dark emotions here, and for it's direct but never sensational treatment of massochism and obsession, I am incredibley thankful and eternally enlightened- I sort of wish would-be auteurs of the psychosexual (i.e. David Lynch) would take a cue from this strange but excellent little movie.


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