Swimmer, The (1968)
Swimmer, The (1968) Genre(s): Drama

Directed by: Frank Perry, Sydney Pollack

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, Tony Bickley, Marge Champion, Nancy Cushman, Bill Fiore, Kim Hunter, Rose Gregorio, Charles Drake, Bernie Hamilton, House Jameson, Jimmy Joyce (and many more)

Synopsis: On a summer afternoon in Connecticut, a man travels from pool to pool in an effort to swim home. Based on a short story by John Cheever.

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Ripley's movie review

I haven't read the story so I was little dubious about the premise for this movie. It sounded silly. I decided to give it a chance though and I'm glad I did.

It quickly became obvious that something wasn't quite right with good ol' Neddie and at each pool, the mystery deepened until I had no choice but to watch through to the end. And even though I wasn't surprised by the ending, I was a bit let down that they didn't come right out and tell me everything I wanted to know. On the other hand, the movie would have been less fascinating if they had. A contradiction, I know.

Lancaster was very good and did an impressive job portraying the changes in Ned. Rule was also very good and I particularly liked her scene and the scene with the nudists.

I hear that Alec Baldwin is going to remake this movie, putting himself in the title role. While it would benefit from better music, better editing, and fewer soft-focus pointless shots, someone should tell him that he ain't no Burt Lancaster.

Fascinating movie that left more questions than answers and worth watching.

Added 14 December 2005 at 7:28 PM

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