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Directed by Frank Perry, Sydney Pollack

United States 1968 95 mins. In English

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 but is occasionally built on a very unstable foundation. Lancaster here plays Ned Merrill, a seemingly successful businessman living in suburban Connecticut. He appears one day wandering through the woods in a swimsuit and finds himself in the backyard of some friends. After someone notes that there are swimming pools lining the periphery of the neighborhood, Ned decides to swim through them, traveling through past transgressions along the way, as each pool becomes a symbol for a specific time in his life.

Genres: Drama

Appears in: Forever Burt



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