#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Neddy Merrill has been away for most of the Summer. He reappears at a friend’s pool. As they talk, someone notices that there are pools spanning the entire valley. He decided to jog from pool to pool to swim across the whole valley. As he stops in each pool his interactions tell his life story.
Plot: 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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A strong movie, rarely seen, with a telescoping metaphor
I saw this movie in 1968 when it came out, and have never been able to forget it. I never found anyone who had ever heard of it–a shame. It’s my favorite Burt Lancaster performance: I can’t imagine anyone else doing the role justice.
When Neddy is ready to leave the garden cocktail party he has been invited to, he looks out across the valley and sees the row of pools, all belonging to his neighbors. He’s obviously a poet, and sees the chain of pools as a river (Metaphor). He decides to swim back home. Little does he, or we, know at this point what going home means! He goes from house to house, he greets his friends and jumps into their pools. We become a little worried as things seem to get a little out of hand–a little more so at each house. It’s not long before we realize that this “river” is (Meta-Metaphor!) a trip through time, through his life–and that he has made one fine mess of it. The ending is amazing, and almost unbearable.
Swimming for Eden
Judging by the comments here, apparently I’m not the only one who was incredibly moved by this masterpiece–a masterpiece of storytelling on Cheever’s part, that is, and a more than passable film portrayal of what one might call “the perfect short story.” If HBO had existed in the 1960s, and Rod Serling had written for it, this is what “Twilight Zone” might have looked like: a tangled, twisted terrain of the human psyche that leads to the deepest of our fears–and the most profound of our hopes. The stakes for Ned Merrill, as we come to discover, are about as high as they can be for any character not caught in a literal life and death struggle. But he might as well be, judging by the size and fearsomeness of the phantoms that haunt his way. For this reason I think I’d say that other than *Glengarry Glen Ross,* this is the most terrifying film ever made.
In contrast to many others, however, I don’t think Ned is delusional: I think he’s spent so long believing his own publicity, as it were, that he hasn’t fully accepted what has happened to him. (And of course, “what has happened to him” is almost entirely of his own making, which makes his predicament all the more painful because it seems to offer no hope of redemption.) And he’s clearly one of those hail-fellow-well-met types who, when he promises he’s going to do something for someone–as he continually does in the movie, right up to the point where he promises to pay his bill to a local proprietor–he truly means it, at least in the moment.
Additionally, “The Swimmer” seems like far too profound a work to tie it to themes as dreary and shopworn as the emptiness of suburban life or the dark side of the American dream. Granted, a great deal of powerful literature, dating back at least to Nathanael West’s *Day of the Locust*, has been written around the second of these ideas, but “The Swimmer” seems to speak to something much deeper, a haunted place in the human soul. In the ads for the movie–which, in sharp contrast to the brilliant development of the story itself, attempted to lay out all the details in a way at once pedantic and almost pandering (as previews in those days tended to be), a voice-over asks if the viewer might see Ned in him- or herself.
*The Swimmer* is an epic, but an unusual one. Not because of the small scale and the deceptively trivial-seeming stakes involved it the epic journey–that’s an idea Joyce introduced years earlier in *Ulysses*–but because of that journey’s destination. Ned isn’t going toward a new land, but back–back to nothing short of Eden. And if it’s an epic, then he’s a hero of sorts, and not entirely an antihero either. After all, even with all the things you learn about him along the way, it’s hard not to root for Ned Merrill.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 35 min (95 min)
Director Frank Perry, Sydney Pollack
Writer Eleanor Perry (screenplay), John Cheever (story)
Actors Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule, Tony Bickley
Awards 1 win.
Production Company Columbia Pictures Corporation
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm