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The Swimmer

95 min
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Frank Perry
Country: USA
Release Date: 1968-05-15
Filming Locations: California, USA
Burt Lancaster
Ned Merrill
Janice Rule
Shirley Abbott
Tony Bickley
Donald Westerhazy
Marge Champion
Peggy Forsburgh
Nancy Cushman
Mrs. Halloran
Bill Fiore
Howie Hunsacker
David Garfield
Ticket Seller (as John Garfield Jr.)
Kim Hunter
Betty Graham
Rose Gregorio
Sylvia Finney
Charles Drake
Howard Graham
House Jameson
Mr. Halloran
Jimmy Joyce
Jack Finney
Michael Kearney
Kevin Gilmartin
Richard McMurray
Stu Forsburgh
Jan Miner
Lillian Hunsacker
Diana Muldaur
Keri Oleson
Joan Rivers
Cornelia Otis Skinner
Mrs. Hammar
Dolph Sweet
Henry Biswanger
Louise Troy
Grace Biswanger
Diana Van der Vlis
Helen Westerhazy
Philip Bruns
Biswangers' Pool Party Guest (uncredited)
Alva Celauro
Muffie (uncredited)
John Cheever
Man at pool party (uncredited)
Lisa Daniels
Matron at the Biswangers' Pool (uncredited)
Hugh Franklin
Denny (uncredited)
John Gerstad
Bunkers' Pool Party Guest (uncredited)
Marilyn Langner
Enid Bunker (uncredited)
Ray Mason
Bunkers' Pool Party Guest (uncredited)
Dennis McMullen
Lifeguard (uncredited)
Did you know?
William Holden was the first choice for the lead role of the swimmer Ned Merrill for both producer Sam Spiegel and director Frank Perry but Holden turned it down as did Glenn Ford and Paul Newman before Burt Lancaster, who was eager to play the role, was ultimately cast.
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The opening paragraph of John Cheever's source "The Swimmer" short story reads: "It was one of those midsummer Sundays when everyone sits around saying, 'I drank too much last night.' You might have heard it whispered by the parishioners leaving church, heard it from the lips of the priest himself, struggling with his cassock in the vestiarium, heard it from the golf links and the tennis courts, heard it from the wildlife preserve where the leader of the Audubon group was suffering from a terrible hangover. 'I drank too much,' said Donald Westerhazy. 'We all drank too much,' said Lucinda Merrill. 'It must have been the wine,' said Helen Westerhazy. 'I drank too much of that claret'."
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The source short story by John Cheever that has a length of just a dozen pages was written from a manuscript of notes that totaled 150 pages.
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At the Binswangers, when he is pushed, Ned's positioning in the close-up does not match the other shots.
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At the pool scene with Lancaster and Janice Rule, a camera shot shows a palm tree in the backyard. Palm trees can't survive in the climate of Connecticut, where the film allegedly was filmed in its entirety. Perhaps when the scene was re-shot with Rule replacing Loden, location shooting had already wrapped.
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Shadow of light-rig clearly visible at the first pool party.
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Ned Merrill: 'Member how we used to take off our suits and swim for miles up that river? We just never got tired.
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Ned Merrill: You're the captain of your soul. That's what counts. Know what I mean?
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Ned Merrill: We're all gonna die, Shirley. That doesn't make much sense, does it?
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Photos from cast
Bernie Hamilton Janet Landgard