The Frank and Eleanor Perry film version of the John Cheever story “The Swimmer” was a resounding flop in 1968, but over the years it has acquired a cult following.
The movie has always been of particular interest in Connecticut because the Perrys and star Burt Lancaster spent the summer of 1966 filming in and around Westport. […]
“The Swimmer” spent so much time in post-production that the original 1967 release date was scrapped and it limped into release during the summer of 1968.
The complex story of the making of “The Swimmer” is told on the Grindhouse DVD that was released a few months ago. The extras are of Criterion Collection quality, including a two-hour “making of” documentary that is unusually detailed.