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Swimmer [DVD] [1968] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Japanese, Georgian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JKQ6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 281,677 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 27 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
The swimmer is a film which provokes mixed reactions from some viewers possibly down to not quite understanding what the film "means" or what it conveys.
When I first saw the film I was a teenager and did not really grasp the full impact of the story being told. I don't usually go into more depth on a film plot/story, not wanting to spoil it for those who have not yet seen it.

But to get the full enjoyment of this film some explanation is required.

The theatrical poster is probably the best place to start it states: When you talk about "The Swimmer" will you talk about yourself?

Adapted from a short story written by John Cheever, the swimmer successfully translates into a thought provoking film. A good case study for story writers and English students the Swimmer is quite a lot more than it first appears. It is far more than a man simply visiting people and swimming in their pools.

Lancaster described the film as one of his favourite roles, even putting his own money into production to fund additional shooting. Frank Perry (and Sydney Pollack) direct a deep and traumatising film that is a long way off of conventional (and all the better for it)

Burt Lancaster (at the time in his mid 50's) looks in fantastic shape every bit the powerful fit swimmer you would expect. He plays the seemingly well liked Ned Merrill who on a bright sunny day decides to "swim home" through his neighbours pools. We quickly see that this is merely a symbolic representation, the day is really a journey through a man's life, with each pool we learn something new about Ned, as the day progresses the reception he receives is more hostile. The film starts in bright sunshine on a perfect day, and transitions to a dark and wet downpour.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pike VINE VOICE on 7 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
On a sunny autumn afternoon in a wealthy New England suburb, Burt Lancaster appears at a friend's garden wearing nothing but a pair of swimming trunks. Jumping into their pool, he announces that he has decided to swim home in a journey that will include his friends' and neighbours' swimming pools.
Burt Lancaster was in his mid-fifties when this film was made, but has the body of a man half his age and at first the character he plays seems the model of success. However, as the film progresses it becomes clear that all is not what it seems and the film's climax is both shocking and heartbreaking.
This is one of the finest and most underrated American films of the 1960's. Burt Lancaster gives a mesmerising performance and it is nice to see Kim Hunter as well. From the beautiful opening, with its haunting score by Marvin Hamlisch, to the powerful climax, this is a wonderful film that deserves greater recognition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Satish Nimkar on 9 May 2010
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An original story but a very sad one. The swimmer,Ned Merill wants to swim to his home by way of swimming through the swimming pools of his neighbours and friends. So he starts swimming from the pool of one friend,walks further to the next house,swims throught the pool and runs further to the next pool and so on and so forth.

The originality of the story lies in the unfolding of the personal story of Ned merill with each new pool he swims through. With each pool we come to know something more about him and his life until the moment of truth comes. This happens when he reaches his own house.

The story is set in a verdant suburban America.

This must be the best role of Burt Lancaster's film career.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By RajaBhopal on 6 Feb. 2003
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I agree with the other reviewers but would go further and say that this is one of the best films of all time. The visual imagery was enough to inspire a recent Levis jeans ad, and the colour and photography are simply breathtaking. Burt Lancaster's acting is tense and taught, and hints at hidden depths and dark secrets that slowly unravel as you watch the film. Very much about the shallowness of suburban life and disappointments of the American Dream, the film argues that it really does matter how you treat people along the way and that the means of getting somewhere are rather more important than the end itself. A thought-provoking and classical piece of film-making that would never be funded it it were proposed today. It is sad yet humane and full of feeling.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. M. Waller on 2 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
I was 9 or 10 when I first saw this movie. Not the best age to watch a film about a middle age man's breakdown perhaps, but Boy am I glad I did. Alongside Ray's "In A Lonely Place", I had been immediately cursed with a passion for film that my young brain could not fathom. It was purely intuitive. The curse eventually led me to become a screenwriter. But back then, in the 1980's when Eddie Murphy and Police Academy films were most popular, my 9 year old eyes could not believe what I was watching. I simply could not take my eyes off the screen. The Swimmer is sinister in a subtle kind of way. It starts in the woods with the sound of branches being broken by naked feet. An owl hoots and a deer flits away. Someone's running fast, but from what or whom? Then before we know it we're by the pool with a host of characters drinking hangover cocktails discussing how beautiful the weather is. The Swimmer is one of the most haunting American movies ever made. Some might say "Sweet Smell Of Success" is Burt's finest hour, but for my money, Neddy Merrill is his greatest performance. He lends sadness, madness, despair, joy and optimism with melancholic pessimism. I don't think DeNiro or even Pacino have the range that Lancaster displays here. It's outstanding. The whole film has the sense of a man's life slipping away. It's poetic in the way that Burt seems to be unaware that he's no longer in the prime of his life. He defiantly swims on against the tide of time, desperately trying to cling onto the happier times. There's one scene where Burt's pool to pool odyssey threatens to be undone. An empty swimming pool with no water to swim through brings him to an almost full stop. But somehow, Burt does every stroke without. He does it because he wants to ignite the imagination of a sad young child.Read more ›
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