Swimming with the sharks of society is a hobby for the former Jim Thorpe, all American, jumping hurdles again and running from estate to estate for a quick lap and chat with the owners. It seems that he knows all of these society people, some seemingly nice, others outwardly hostile, and a few of the women obviously in lust with his tight body. He's sort of an angel to some and a devil to others, and in each of these encounters a little something is learned. Lancaster is in every single scene, surrounded by a cast of very familiar faces who pop in and out quickly yet leave a mark on this journey. The film starts off on a friendly note but things get tense quickly. Some of the wealthy businessmen types try to get him involved in business deals or offer him a job. The women, who range in age from early 20's to late 50's, ogle him. It's apparent that everybody wants a piece of him, whether to possess him or chew him up and spit him out.
Among the famous faces are Kim Hunter, Marge Champion, Diana Muldaur, Cornelia Otis Skinner (making accusations towards him that you can only guess what transpired) and Dolph Sweet. He flirts with a young Joan Rivers, playing an insecure woman who basks in his attention and nearly falls under his spell. Guests at a party stand by as the hostess anayalates him. Later Muldaur begs him to leave her alone as her facade of hate crumbles to show the things line where hate ends and love begins. It's a journey for this spirit whom Lancaster plays to realize the impact he's made on everyone of these people, one which has destroyed some of them and one which threatens to destroy him. It's a hard film to understand if you are not in the right frame of mind, and one which could use repeat viewings to pick up things you may have missed, that is if you dare to put yourself through it a second time.
Action / Drama
Action / Drama
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.
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