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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unappreciated masterpiece
Swimming With Sharks brilliantly shuns the habitual overly complex camera work that plagues a large proportion of films made in the last ten years. There is much more reliance on the strong performences from the small but impressive cast. Leading the show is Kevin Spacey at the top of his game, the subtle nuances of his portrail of a highly complex character leads to a...
Published on 3 Dec 2002 by Alex Mandel

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2.0 out of 5 stars could't finish because...
..it was so boring. Oh dear and Kevin Spacey is one of my all time favourite actors. However, this is a real yawn. Sorry Kev x
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An unappreciated masterpiece, 3 Dec 2002
Swimming With Sharks brilliantly shuns the habitual overly complex camera work that plagues a large proportion of films made in the last ten years. There is much more reliance on the strong performences from the small but impressive cast. Leading the show is Kevin Spacey at the top of his game, the subtle nuances of his portrail of a highly complex character leads to a far more rounded and realistic character coming across. The chemistry between Spacey and Frank Whaley really makes this film what it is. thier scenes together give an insight into a world where it is impossible to notice any acting at all. The story envolves a movie executive (Spacey) and his downtrodden assistant (Whaley). whaley soon realises the level of nepotism and slight of hand at work in the industry and has to decide what his reaction to his insights is going to be. the pace and tone of the film at all times perfectly mirrors the emotions being displayed. this is a film not only for die hard spacey fans but also anyone looking for something to stand out from all the overly comersialised and emotionless films available.
The dvd has a very good profile of spacey which really shows his devotion to his art.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Hollywood Satire, 15 Jun 2010
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Mr. J. C. Clubb "byshee" - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Swimming With Sharks [DVD] (DVD)
This film is far more influential than many realize. First off it is the inspiration for the novel (and subsequent movie) The Devil Wears Prada. Secondly it was made into an international stage play starring Christian Slater over a decade later.

There is a lot more to it than what most people appreciate. Anyone who has been involved in showbusiness for a long time will be able to appreciate the idea behind "earning your dues" or the repeated question of "what is it that you really want?" I recommend it to anyone who is seriously interested in entering showbusiness. There is a Faustian deal to be struck and nothing is going to come easy.

Spacey plays the role of ruthless movie mogul, Buddy Ackerman. He is the man who knows how to get to the top in showbusiness and working for him will ensure a certain pedigree. This presents itself as the opportunity of a lifetime for young Guy, Buddy's new executive, a lover of films with naive ambitions of untainted success in the movie industry.

What follows is a year of Guy enduring a whole range of psychological and physical abuse, as he tries to fit the hard world he is living in with the ideal he tries to live up to. In the end though, he will discover far more about the nature of showbusiness than he could have ever imagined and a choice will have to be made. Guy will have to decide what it is that he really wants?

Part hostage drama, part white collar fable, part black comedy reality check, Swimming with Sharks is a very original piece that is worth watching again and again. The DVD is disappointingly low on extras. Kevin Spacey's interview does not really lend much to the film's content and only sheds light on how tight the filming schedule was. It is unique in the respect that the subject matter is the world of showbusiness, not an uncommon topic in today's celebrity obsessed times, but we see none of its superficially glamorous vaneer or any representatives of its stars.

Summary: Required watching for every person who thinks their dream is to be in showbusiness

*This review first published on Dooyoo and Ciao under my "Black Swan" account*
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and watchable, 10 July 2004
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Andy Millward (Tiptree, Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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Now and then it's still possible to be surprised by a film. This one was made as long ago as 1994 without achieving a widespread reputation except among the cognoscenti. Yes, despite the budget price this is an absolute humdinger of a film, a fact attested by the presence of that most virtuous of actors, Kevin Spacey, a man who will not appear in any film that fails to appeal to his noble and worthy instincts (in fact he says as much in the interesting but rather limited biography included among the extras on this DVD.)
Swimming with Sharks is a film designed to bite the hand that fed it. It attacks the vicious system that enables, indeed encourages studio executives to behave like spoiled children in tyrannical control of their own private fiefdoms, much as Altman's The Player did in the 80s (no surprise to see Spacey's film studio VP launch into a seething attack on Altman, then!), and rewards them for using and abusing those poor wretches over who they clambered to the top. "This is not like running a business," says Rex (Benicio del Toro), the previous incumbent of assistant to the Senior Executive Vice President of Keystone Pictures, "this is showbusiness."
"I paid my dues," says the VP, Buddy Ackerman, to Guy, the unfortunate assistant turning the tables on his torturer, as if that suddenly justifies the vicious treatment meted out to all and sundry, just as senior doctors resent any change to the system to prevent junior doctors having to work 120 hour weeks on the grounds that they had to do it and it didn't do them any harm, did it?
But does Guy change the world when he has the power to do so? The best part of this film is the ending, which avoids the happy cliches and goes for a darkly pessimistic view of the world - that people are ultimately selfish and out for all they can get. Bet Hollywood felt uncomfortable with that; either that, or the current rash of Exec VPs feel so secure in their power base that it can afford some noirish irony at their expense without feeling they need to wash more of their dirty linen in public (Michael Eisner and Disney have done plenty of that!)
Perhaps it's true after all that Americans don't understand irony, but this is a powerful but watchable film that deserves your attention.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood, the Dark Side!, 18 Aug 2007
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Mr. William Oxley "oxenblocks" (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Swimming With Sharks [1995] [DVD] (DVD)
What a great cast and what a great film. Never heard of it? Do not let that put you off. Some of the scenes in this film are just utterly brilliant and unforgettable. Pure genius.

Overall the film is an entertaining look at a rookie movie mogul trying to climb the greasy ladder to the top of the industry. How far will he let his boss (Kevin Spacey) push him? What humiliation will he endure to ensure he gets noticed?

Find out now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Genius, 1 Jan 2001
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Alastair Block (Cambridge, Cambridgeshire England) - See all my reviews
A cleverly laid out masterpiece which is highly underrated by many. Both Spacey and Whaley show their full potential in this film, with both given the chance to play good guy and bad guy (especially in Whaley's case).
A truly unforgettable film which can be appreciated on many levels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best!, 10 Feb 2013
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This is simply an unknown gem from Mr Spacey. Just watch! I promise you won't be disappointed, if you just keep the beginning scenes in mind & watch the drama (& some belly laughs) unfold!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked film, 10 Dec 2012
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Kevin spacey is seen at his best in this film. Such a good movie. Would recommend it to everyone. Brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, 16 Aug 2012
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This is NOT a comedy but a disturbing parody of high pressure corporate life. I would guess that "The Devil Wears Prada" copied the theme. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hollywood Studios - the Dark Side!, 24 Nov 2008
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Mr. William Oxley "oxenblocks" (England) - See all my reviews
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What a great cast and what a great film. Never heard of it? Do not let that put you off. Some of the scenes in this film are just utterly brilliant and unforgettable. Pure genius.

Overall the film is an entertaining look at a rookie movie mogul (Frank Whaley) trying to climb the greasy ladder to the top of the industry. How far will he let his boss (Kevin Spacey) push him? What humiliation will he endure to ensure he gets noticed?

Find out now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spacey got noticed in Hollywood with this film, 21 May 2007
This review is from: Swimming With Sharks [1995] [DVD] (DVD)
This film just sums up what it is to be a flunky in Hollywood. Buddy Ackerman is your normal high flying film producer, from the sharp suits down to the aggressive approach to anyone below him. Guy is flunky who has the job of dealing with Buddy's every whim, and then there's Dawn Lockard who is stuck in the middle. With an explosive relationship between all of them, the film is set at the home of Buddy. Guy has taken him hostage, and is annoyed that Buddy has fired him. Set with a series of flashbacks starting with an appearance with Benicio Del Toro, it tells the tale of what Guy has had to put up with in working for Buddy and all the hell he was put through to get to the place that he was before being fired over nothing. Very under-rated film and Spacey is amazing. Also applause to go to Frank Whaley for his great conflicting work with Spacey.

Watch out for the scene where Guy is desperate to go to the toilet, and Buddy doesn't let him leave his desk whilst pouring a jug of water in a glass...One of the most sadist scenes n Hollywood ever !
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