Burt Lancaster in The Swimmer (1968)
Burt Lancaster in The Swimmer (1968)
The Swimmer (1968)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Swimmer

Frank Perry | United States | 1968 | M

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Wed 10 May 2023

Although not well received on release, this adaptation of a 1964 short story by John Cheever has gone on to become a cult favourite as well as provide a fascinating portrait of cultural and personal malaise in the well-heeled suburbia of late 1960s America. Lancaster fearlessly incarnates a subtly delusional middle-aged man swimming home via a 'river' of backyard swimming pools. As he encounters an array of couples, families, gatherings and former acquaintances, it becomes evident that things are not quite what they seem. With Janice Rule, Kim Hunter and Joan Rivers.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Park Circus
Runtime: 95 mins

Event duration

95 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Burt Lancaster (1913–94) didn’t appear in his first film until he was in her early thirties. Prior to his breakthrough role alongside Ava Gardner in The Killers (1946), he had a highly successful career as a circus acrobat and as an entertainer in the Special Forces during World War II...

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