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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

Writers:

Tom Kalin, Hilton Als (collaborating writer)
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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 Wooden Nashom Wooden ... Venus in Furs Diva / Mona Foot (as Mona Foot)
Trash Trash ... Venus in Furs Diva
Trasharama Trasharama ... Venus in Furs Diva
Peter Bowen Peter Bowen ... Factory Workman
Ryan Landry Ryan Landry ... Ivory
Chris Hoover Chris Hoover ... Elektra Luxe (as Christopher Hoover)
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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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Trivia

This was a filmization of the killings of Leopold Loeb. In real life both were caught; and both went to jail. The system was harder on Loeb; who never escaped Jail; but Loeb was eventually let out for good behavior. Leopold moved to Santurce, Puerto Rico, and married a widowed florist. 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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Connections

Referenced in The New Eve (1999) See more »

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Wonderful cinematography, sub-par acting
7 July 1999 | by Tony-208See all my reviews

The film "Swoon" gives an insightful view into the minds that went behind the Leoplod-Loeb murder case. The cinematography was very well done, looking as if actual 1920s film stock, yet using very progressive camera angles and point-of-view shots at times. The film was also very frank about how homosexuality (and prejudice against it)played a role in the murder and their conviction of the murder. It's interesting to think of it in light of Alfred Hitchcock's "Rope," (which is based on the same murder case) in which the homosexuality of the lead characters is only hinted at.

Another thing I found interesting was the use of anachronisms. You might notice whenever the Leopold-Loeb duo use a phone in the movie, they always use touch-tone phones, while every else has phones more fitting for the time period. Another anachronism is an homage to Hitchcock. When Leopold and Loeb meet in bed, they recite nearly verbatim the opening lines from a scene in Hitchcock's "Rear Window" in which Lisa Carol Fremont (Grace Kelly) kisses L.B. "Jeff" Jeffries (Jimmy Stewart).

My only major complaint about the film was the acting. It seemed as if the two leads were either melodramatic or stoic, most often at the wrong times. Even the bit part players seemed rather aloof in their acting. A better cast would have made this movie much better.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Swoon - Colapso do Desejo See more »

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Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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