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Directed by Frank Perry

United States 1968 95 mins.

Based on the famous John Cheever story of the same name, The Swimmer interrogates the American Dream, illuminating the ways that an upper-middle-class lifestyle can look wonderful on the surface while existing on a very unstable foundation. Burt Lancaster unforgettably portrays All-American man-child Ned Merrill, a seemingly successful businessman living in suburban Connecticut. Ned appears one day wandering through the woods in a swimsuit and finds himself in the backyard of some friends, where he subsequently traverses the periphery of his neighborhood and his life.

Genres: Drama

Appears in: Essential Cinema