The Swimmer (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA | Director: Frank Perry
Language: English | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 95mn
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Neddy Merrill has been away for most of the Summer. He reappears at a friends pool. As they talk, someone notices that there are pools spanning the entire valley. He decided to jog from pool to pool to swim the whole valley. As he stops in each pool his interactions tell his life story.

Burt Lancaster gives a strikingly fine, vibrant and touching performance as Ned Merrill, a washed-up, delusional middle-aged former ladies’ man failure who embarks on a bizarre journey of self-discovery by swimming through his affluent Conneticut neighbors’ pools while en route back to his house.

Deftly directed by Frank Perry, perceptively written by Eleanor Perry (the script is based on a John Cheever short story), gorgeously shot in sparkling color by David L. Quaid, elegantly scored to beautifully lulling melancholic perfection by Marvin Hamlisch, and exceptionally well-acted by a first-rate cast, this wonderfully offbeat and moody allegory about the misery, snobbery, isolation, superficiality and shallow materialism of upper-class American suburbanite existence as well as the inevitability of getting older and the subsequent loss of youth packs a remarkably potent and poignant punch.


The Swimmer (1968)