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Swoon (1992)

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

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

Certificate:

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

It is stated during the epilogue that Compulsion, film made about the Loeb & Leopold case, was released in 1958. The movie came out in 1959. See more »

Quotes

Nathan Leopold Jr.: If I do what you want...
Richard Loeb: I'll do what you want.
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Featured in The Celluloid Closet (1995) See more »

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Cold but intriguing
14 September 2016 | by jpm-onfocusSee all my reviews

It feels like a period documentary and the story is the story of Leopold and Loeb - A terrifying portrait of two real life killers who killed without passion or reason just to prove they were above the law. The period details are beautifully drawn but where it lacks is in the actor's faces. They appear rather than participate fully. There is a detachment in their portrayal that kept me at a safe distance and I could admire it with my head but I couldn't connect with my heart. The opposite of what happened to me with 1958's Compulsion - I was riveted by Dean Stockwell. I believed and understood just by looking into his eyes.


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