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Swingers (1996)

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A wannabe actor has a hard time moving on from a break-up, but he is lucky to have supportive friends.

Director:

Doug Liman

Writer:

Jon Favreau
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Favreau ... Mike
Vince Vaughn ... Trent
Ron Livingston ... Rob
Patrick Van Horn ... Sue
Alex Désert ... Charles (as Alex Desert)
Heather Graham ... Lorraine
Deena Martin Deena Martin ... Christy
Katherine Kendall ... Lisa
Brooke Langton ... Nikki
Blake Lindsley ... Girl with Cigar
Kevin James Kelly Kevin James Kelly ... Vegas Dealer
Stephanie Ittleson Stephanie Ittleson ... Vegas Waitress
Vernon Vaughn ... $100 Gambler
Joan Favreau Joan Favreau ... $5 Winner
Rio Hackford ... Skully
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This is a story about Mike, a guy who left his girl in New York when he came to LA to be a star. It's been six months since his girlfriend left him and he's not doing so good. So, his pal and some other friends try and get him back in the social scene and forget about his 6 year relationship. Written by Kevin Gillease <gillease@scf.usc.edu>

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cocktails first. questions later. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language throughout | See all certifications »

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When Director Doug Liman first sent the script to studios, they were interested in financing it. When Liman said he wanted to cast the writer and his friends as actors, the studios backed off. The money to shoot the film was raised independently and Liman cast who he liked. See more »

Goofs

When Mike is holding the wheel while Trent is changing into his suit in the car, a shot of the car swerving from the front reveals the driver's right and left hand on the wheel making it swerve. See more »

Quotes

Mike: Look, we're gonna spend half the night driving around the Hills looking for this one party and you're going to say it sucks and we're all gonna leave and then we're gonna go look for this other party. But all the parties and all the bars, they all suck. I spend half the night talking to some girl who's looking around the room to see if there's somebody else who's more important she should be talking to. And it's like I'm supposed to be all happy 'cause she's wearing a backpack, you know? And ...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie when the cast is shown (3 pic) the names of the starring actors' parents appear again: $100 Gambler: Vernon Vaughn and $5 Winner: Joan Favreau See more »

Alternate Versions

Italian theatrical and video release omit a scene set in Las Vegas in the trailer park, where Trent tells the girl the story about his audition for the role of "brother". See more »

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Referenced in TruInside: Fast Times at Ridgemont High (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You
Performed by Dean Martin
Written by James Cavanaugh, Russ Morgan, Larry Stock
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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I wanted to call all of my friends after I first saw this film!
21 May 2005 | by adzrussellSee all my reviews

I chanced upon Swigers one evening after reading an article on writer/star Jon Favreau, and trying to figure out which character he played in Friends (it's Pete Becker by the way); don't you love it when you uncover a gem. From the opening credits, set to Dean Martin crooning "You're Nobody Until Somebody Loves You", I knew that this film was the very personification of cool, spawning one of the coolest characters in any film...ever, that being Trent Walker played by Vince Vaughn, with a swinging soundtrack and a real sense of fun which you don't often get in mainstream Hollywood; and this film is effortless in a way which Tarantino could only dream about.

The story centres around Favreau's loser-in-love Mikey, trying to make a living as an actor in L.A after leaving his long-term girlfriend behind in New York. His best buddy, Trent, tries incessantly to get Mikey back 'into the game' so to speak; cue a trawl around L.A's hippest night-spots, some hilarious insight into dating rituals (when is it cool to call? 2 days?), and a trip to Las Vegas in which Trent tries to 'pull a Fredo' (bedding cocktail waitresses two at a time). The central duo are ably supported by a cast of lovable rogues, all intent on getting laid.

Doug Liman directs in a laid-back manner, befitting of the film, and Favreau's script (based on Vaughn and himself) is full of witty insights and in-jokes, as well as enough movie references to keep everyone happy.

Although the characters are almost impossibly cool, they never appear obnoxious due to the over-riding sense that they are just a bunch of lovable losers trying to con their way into the beds of L.A's female population; sometimes succeeding, sometimes not, and there is a certain sweetness added by Favreau's predicament. The pay-off is cool, Favreau finally 'getting digits' and we are left with a role-reversal between the two main protagonists as Trent makes a fool of himself with a woman in the closing scene.

Altogether a classy, breezy, often hilarious film, a certain cult classic, and a fine addition to the date movie genre.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1997 (Brazil) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$74,118, 20 October 1996

Gross USA:

$4,555,020

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,555,020
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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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