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American Swing

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Jon Hart & Matthew Kaufman

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About the Movie

The Seventies were sexy and sleazy. At the epicenter of it all was Plato's Retreat, the controversial, first-ever swingers club. In New York's conservative Upper West Side, Plato's embraced adventurous couples who came to dance, to swim, and… to swap. It was the start of a revolution. The brainchild of Larry Levenson, the self-proclaimed "King of Swing," Plato's Retreat quickly emerged as the mainstay of public sex for the "me" generation, welcoming anyone and everyone. For only $35, couples checked their judgments and pedigrees at the door; debutantes got it on next to bus drivers, as movie stars gave secretaries the "starlet treatment." For Levenson and others, Plato's was a utopia. However, this wild party did not last. American Swing brings this enigmatic epic of excess to the screen for the first time.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 23
  • Fresh: 12
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 5.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Although American Swing pointedly goes out of its way to include positive testimonials from several women who patronized the club, it leaves you feeling queasy. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Mar 27, 2009

Fresh: A shrewdly made documentary about the rise and fall of Plato's Retreat, the infamous Manhattan sex club of the '70s and '80s. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: The film treats Levenson's rapid descent as if someone had turned on the lights at a sex party: scurrying away with pity and irritation that the good times had to end. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Though sweetly reminding us that some outer-borough suburbanites did find liberation at Plato's, the film tries -- and fails -- to swing both ways, nostalgically glorifying its subject only to smugly revel in Levenson's ignominious demise. – Melissa Anderson, Village Voice, Mar 25, 2009

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