The Swimmer

The Swimmer 1968

Academy Award-winner Burt Lancaster gives one of the performances of his career as a troubled suburbanite who decides one day to swim home via the pools of his affluent neighbours and makes a valuable self-discovery along the way.
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Academy Award-winner Burt Lancaster gives one of the performances of his career as a troubled suburbanite who decides one day to swim home via the pools of his affluent neighbours and makes a valuable self-discovery along the way.

Member Reviews

  • Starting with a breezy, amiable lead character, then slowly revealing a darker or sinister side, this is a must-see movie. Burt Lancaster excels

  • One of my favourite films - strange, compelling and with an unforgettable ending. Lancaster in this film is screen acting at its absolute best

  • A really interesting, thought-provoking film. Great acting by Burt Lancaster.

  • Superb, existential film about the dark side of the American dream. The film works or fails on the basis of Lancaster's performance and does it ever work, with Lancaster essentially carrying the film, perfectly conveying the easy charm and ingratiation of the character in the early scenes, while digging deep into his character's soul as the film reaches its haunting climax. Like a good short story, it gives away not too little and not to much. Have patience, and let the dream-like atmosphere wash over you. Highly recommended.