The Swimmer

"Excellent"

The Swimmer Review


Great voyages often make great movies, and Burt Lancaster's "swimming home" from house to house across a ritzy Connecticut county in an attempt to figure out his life, is one of them. At first he seems completely content, visiting friends across the valley from his house, but as his backyard-pool trip continues, a darker story emerges, as he encounters people from his past (all of whom seem to be spending the day out by the pool). From romantic affairs to strange business dealings to a world of debt to general neurotic behavior, Lancaster's Ned Merrill is a tragic hero for the '60s, and it's one of Lancaster's most searing performances. Frank Perry's direction is dated (though Sydney Pollack may have done uncredited work on it), but that oddly makes the film even more memorable.


The Swimmer

Facts and Figures

Run time: 95 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 15th May 1968

Distributed by: Columbia Pictures

Production compaines: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Horizon Pictures, Dover Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 100%
Fresh: 21

IMDB: 7.7 / 10

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Director:

Starring: as Ned Merrill, as Julie Ann Hooper, as Betty Graham, as Shirley Abbott, as Donald Westerhazy, as Peggy Forsburgh, as Mrs. Halloran, as Howie Hunsacker, as Betty Graham, as Sylvia Finney

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