The Swimmer (1968)Closed Captioning
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In an affluent Connecticut suburb, Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) decides to "swim" home via the pools of his wealthy friends. Along the way he encounters several women from his past: a tempestuous teenage girl; his embittered ex-mistress; and the sensual wife of an old friend. Ned's journey is one of embarrassments, humiliation and steamy passion.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 18
- Fresh: 18
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: As do few movies, The Swimmer stays in the memory like an echo that never quite disappears.
Fresh: Burt Lancaster is superb in his finest performance.
Fresh: A resounding commercial flop, this has since been recognized as a signature 60s film, prescient in its view of American self-deception.
Fresh: A mannerist, moody and wonderfully strange allegory of the squandered American Dream. Like a plunge into the deep end, it stings and refreshes.
One of the dusty jewels of Lancaster's career....
This film is not as well known as most of Burt's movies, but in many ways its one of his best. Its a deep psychological drama of a man's painful return to conscious recognition of his past. Lancaster gives an amazing performance, as does everyone else in the film, especially Janice Rule. This film , while not widely known has a HUGE cult following. If you're a fan of Mr. Lancaster, you won't regret your purchase.
Janice Rule is brilliant. She should have been nominated for an Oscar and her career should have sky rocketed. Burt is a ham. But the movie is worth seeing - wonderful period 60s.