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The Swimmer


Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Kim Hunter, Janice Rule View All


Frank Perry (Director), John Cheever (Story), Eleanor Perry (Screenplay) View All

Release: May 15th, 1968
Runtime: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Well-off ad man Ned Merrill is visiting a friend when he notices the abundance of backyard pools that populate their upscale suburb. Ned suddenly decides that he'd like to travel the eight miles back to his own home by simply swimming across every pool in town. Soon, Ned's journey becomes harrowing; at each house, he is somehow confronted with a reminder of his romantic, domestic and economic failures.
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Slowly, he's becoming aware of the personal mistakes and misjudgements he has made, because he had let himself become absorbed by the conceited, egotistical and materialistic shallowness that so many people become a prey of when they start realizing that they are (finally) part of the social elite.
This film is the story of a Connecticut suburbanite named Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) who, after returning home for the summer, has decided to "swim" his way home via the private swimming pools of all his friends and neighbors and as he reaches each pool, bits and pieces of his life are revealed an....