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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Burt Lancaster
Janet Landgard
Janice Rule
Tony Bickley
Marge Champion
Nancy Cushman
Directors
Frank Perry
Screenwriters
Eleanor Perry
Running Time
95 minutes

The Swimmer
Burt Lancaster, naked but for Speedo trunks, ‘swimming home’ via a river of backyard pools.


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Plot
Connecticut. Ned Merrill drops into a friend’s pool for a dip, then works out that he can swim home using his neighbour’s pools. As he gets nearer his ‘house on the hill’, it becomes obvious that there’s something seriously wrong with Ned’s apparently ideal life.


Verdict
An enigmatic, poetic, disturbing, interestingly pretentious fable.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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