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The Song of Sway Lake (2017)

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Music collector Ollie Sway recruits his only friend, a rowdy Russian drifter, to help him steal a 78 record from his own family's estate.


Ari Gold
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Rory Culkin ... Ollie
Robert Sheehan ... Nikolai
Isabelle McNally ... Isadora
Mary Beth Peil ... Charlie Sway
Elizabeth Peña ... Marlena
Jack Falahee ... Jimmy
Brian Dennehy ... Hal Sway
Anna Shields ... Heather
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gary Arzberger Gary Arzberger ... Volunteer Fireman
John W. Bard John W. Bard ... Biker Man
Jason Brill ... Timmy Sway
Bob Foley Bob Foley ... John Durant
Robert Forgett Robert Forgett ... Angry Man
John Grant John Grant ... Tweed McKay
Kasey Kenyon Kasey Kenyon ... Ray


Music collector Ollie Sway recruits his only friend, a rowdy Russian drifter, to help him steal a 78 record from his own family's estate.

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Drama | Musical | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, graphic nudity and some sexual content | See all certifications »






Release Date:

21 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Песента на езерото Суей See more »

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Tiger Rag
Written by Harry DeCosta, Edwin B. Edwards, D. James La Rocca, H.W. Ragas, Anthony Sbarbaro, Larry Shields
Performed by The Mills Brothers
Courtesy of MCA Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Used by permission of EMI FEIST CATALOG, INC.
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A magical film that makes you think about the important things in life
10 December 2017 | by Paulina-SimkinSee all my reviews

The Song of Sway Lake is a magical film. It starts out as what seems to be an entertaining story about the unique friendship between Ollie (an excellent Rory Culkin) and Nikolai (equally great Robert Sheehan). But throughout the film it becomes much more than that. A deeply moving story about loss, love, aging, and living in the past. It makes you think about your own relationship to your past, presence and future in ways you never felt before.

The cinematography is stunning and the acting superb. Ari Gold created a unique ensemble cast portraying characters that feel almost painfully real because they are so relatable. Rory Culkin, Robert Sheehan, Mary Beth Peil and the wonderful Elizabeth Pena excel in their roles and touch you so deeply it leaves an impact on you far after the movie has ended.

Go see this film, it is one of a kind, a true gem!

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