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Neddy Merrill has been away for most of the Summer. He reappears at a friends pool. As they talk, someone notices that there are pools spanning the entire valley (imdb)

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Feb 17 coldesser
80T7
Feb 10 davidjn
70T8
Feb 10 tjobidoo
8T9
Feb 06 Deliormanli Deliormanli
80T9
Feb 02 OgreZed
60T3
Jan 21 Mpython Mpython
9T9
Jan 09 cengaveri
78T9
Jan 07 M-B-M
8T10
Dec 24, 2017 Old_Spriggan
75T6
Nov 29, 2017 Cocoa
70T8
Oct 14, 2017 Triptolemos Triptolemos
60T4
Oct 11, 2017 DeLarge DeLarge
82T4
Sep 12, 2017 sunka sunka
7T6
Sep 02, 2017 sl1m
70T9
Aug 18, 2017 EveAngel
80T10
Aug 04, 2017 birrups
93T10
Jul 25, 2017 koraycanses
77T5
Jul 24, 2017 anzej_panzej anzej panzej
8T8
Jul 22, 2017 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
99T10
Jul 12, 2017 pleione pleione
85T9
Jul 09, 2017 BurakOzturk
81T7
Jun 19, 2017 MRobitussin M.Robitussin
93T8
Apr 30, 2017 92filmgeek
65T7
Apr 09, 2017 ICMforum
90T6
Mar 10, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
74T10
Mar 08, 2017 WillyV
76T8
Feb 25, 2017 mCihhh mCihhh
80T9
Feb 22, 2017 sweetpeas
82T9
Feb 20, 2017 NickLeonhart
87T8
Feb 17, 2017 Angliche92 Angliche92
83T9
Feb 15, 2017 jagardoden jagardoden
84T8
Feb 12, 2017 Mochard Mochard
63T7
Jan 27, 2017 zkas1225
86T10
Jan 15, 2017 joewkeh joewkeh
25T1
Jan 04, 2017 GrimsChild GrimsChild
65T9
Jan 02, 2017 Tarris1
81T10
Dec 31, 2016 Fergenaprido Fergenaprido
58T1
Dec 26, 2016 Rebert
8T9
Dec 24, 2016 tommy_leazaq
63T8
Dec 23, 2016 Lilarcor Lilarcor
87T10
Dec 18, 2016 Lonewolf2003
78T7
Love the way how it slowly reveal how delusional Lancaster's character is.
Dec 18, 2016 joachimt joachimt
90T10
Dec 07, 2016 sirphibes sirphibes
81T9
Dec 07, 2016 dcrouch1 dcrouch1
8T7
Nov 24, 2016 gregmnewman
80T7
Nov 18, 2016 Ronin22
68T9
Nov 17, 2016 Mr.Blumfeld
50T2
Nov 17, 2016 bogs bogs
75T5
phenomenal short story turned into an hour of Burt Lancaster (in skimpy swim trunks) trying to get with every woman in the county.
Oct 19, 2016 jerrywarton
57T3
Sep 25, 2016 onurdebalzac
80T9
Aug 15, 2016 Midaso
8T10
Aug 13, 2016 rojatume
78T6
SPOILERS: Strange and sad and beautiful. Some scenes probably should have been left on the cutting room floor, (e.g. the pool without water seems like an obligatory "challenge to be faced," the scene with Shirley seems a bit, uh, theatrical) and, although I love the ambiguity of most of the film, the ending felt a little too ambiguous (are we really supposed to believe that THAT MUCH TIME PASSED? Shirley said he was only "away for two years.") But, overall, a really different/beautiful movie.
Jul 23, 2016 supergloo supergloo
8T6
Jul 20, 2016 Snobyeti Snobyeti
84T4
Jul 04, 2016 Col_Needham
70T6
Jul 04, 2016 MrWhiplash
80T6
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
90T10
Jun 15, 2016 sonj
65T4
May 25, 2016 sergebarber sergebarber
4T10
May 23, 2016 valentin.mov
90T7
May 14, 2016 zoPZ_ii zoPZ!
85T10
I really had no idea you could make a film like this. Utterly bizarre, but magical and wonderful and gorgeous. It's a sort of Heart of Darkness in rural, upper middle class USA, as odd as the comparison may be. Lancaster delivers a stunning performance, and also I noticed that he and Stacy Keach share a resemblance.
May 07, 2016 3_Qs ???
73T7
May 02, 2016 DePalma
72T8
Apr 27, 2016 bizarreeye bizarre_eye
81T9
Apr 23, 2016 schnofel schnofel
59T6
Great premise, unheard of. Even to have a big star in his swim trunks for the entire film is daring and sensual. And I don't mind that the tone is dated 60s overload, I just wish the inherent allegory was about more than something as generalized as "life". I hate even offering that interpretation, because nothing here is concrete, everything dream-like abstraction.
Apr 18, 2016 ekotto ekotto
77T7
Apr 15, 2016 Fifien Fifien
65T7
Apr 07, 2016 edgardavids
94T9
Mar 02, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
19T10
Feb 25, 2016 drh
85T9
Feb 12, 2016 NightGoat72 NightGoat72
90T10
Feb 06, 2016 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
87T9
Interesting take on surrealism where normality is so aggressively stereotypical it only adds to the strangeness of Lancaster's character. It's a tone and atmosphere that could so easily be dismissed as cheesy, except Lancaster sells it so well that the most insane aspect of the film becomes its grounding. The film prompts many questions and, while it doesn't dig too deep, it provides a lot of general insight into social niceties and the many complexities bubbling underneath them.
Jan 30, 2016 jackinthebox jackinthebox
70T6
Jan 27, 2016 Hakuna92
80T9
Jan 21, 2016 msweller msweller
77T6
Jan 11, 2016 hsncrspywl hsncrspywl
87T9
A nightmarish trip that you can admire as much for being "clever" as you can for being a total trip. Of all the swimming in the movie it's the bits with the running that totally define the picture.
Jan 06, 2016 asdfg
100T10
Jan 02, 2016 exitexitquit
78T7
Dec 28, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
40T9
Dec 15, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73T6
Dec 08, 2015 BranaHawk
60T6
Nov 28, 2015 piratejerk piratejerk
10T10
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
70T7
Nov 24, 2015 wokelstein wokelstein
73T6
Nov 17, 2015 rTrueFilm r/TrueFilm
100T10
Nov 06, 2015 omeraksy omeraksy
82T9
Oct 29, 2015 Sinemaestro Amadeus
68T4
Oct 16, 2015 Niska Niska
46T9
Oct 03, 2015 aliosmanoglu
80T9
Sep 27, 2015 SnoopyStyle
80T9
Sep 20, 2015 KirkJiggler
10T10
Sep 14, 2015 theWatcher
80T10
Sep 09, 2015 littleberk
9T9
Aug 27, 2015 Kianoto
78T9
Aug 06, 2015 zomgmouse
70T5
Jul 17, 2015 SleepTight
80T9
Jul 01, 2015 krf7 krf7
70T5
Jun 05, 2015 Oktay Oktay
80T8
May 18, 2015 zetes
60T3
May 13, 2015 preppy-3
70T6
May 10, 2015 porzano porzano
50T5
Apr 29, 2015 ferguson
80T9
Apr 25, 2015 A_Different_
100T9
Apr 24, 2015 si-sak
80T10
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
90T9
Apr 14, 2015 micmac micmac•
68T7
Mar 25, 2015 gargantua gargantua
80T9
Mar 19, 2015 10kfilms
87T9
Feb 14, 2015 Skerringer
88T10
Feb 14, 2015 Mikado
88T10
Feb 07, 2015 JohnSandwich JohnSandwich
85T10
Dec 26, 2014 Blindfolk
70T7
Dec 14, 2014 felixm85
88T9
Dec 07, 2014 Hadzibegovic Hadzibegovic
100T10
Nov 24, 2014 dourface dourface
80T9
Nov 22, 2014 sebby sebby
80T9
Nov 03, 2014 Piglet Piglet
80T10
Oct 14, 2014 Moribunny Moribunny
68T7
An initially elegant character study with a fantastic premise, eventually turning sour. As the details of Ned's life are gradually exposed, its complexities are subtly evident. Sadly, the last half-hour feels the inexplicable need to ever increasingly punish him for his vices, which I thought was a bluntly didactic way of ending a very good film.
Oct 06, 2014 elmakebabi elmakebabi
70T7
Sep 29, 2014 RavynLoony RavynLoony
63T7
Sep 21, 2014 pupahava pupahava
80T9
Sep 10, 2014 Ringshifter Ringshifter
86T9
Aug 25, 2014 Warren Warren
93T10
A fascinating and unique film, combining character study, social satire and quasi-religious allegory all at once. It never gets blatantly bizarre but you never lose sight of the fact that something is out of place, and Perry's direction has moments of great enigmatic beauty. Lancaster's performance sneaks up on you; at first he's a grinning archetype but he gradually reveals new layers and is quite devastating when the film reaches its powerful end. Challenging and rewarding cinema at its best.
Aug 15, 2014 Coheed
90T9
Aug 01, 2014 cohle
86T5
Jul 24, 2014 drawingboard drawingboard
50T1
Jul 16, 2014 mattnawrocki
90T10
Jul 07, 2014 Bluedeed
50T1
Jun 25, 2014 doomy1986 doomy1986
73T5
Jun 15, 2014 inmate inmate
83T8
Jun 10, 2014 jalanb jalanb
76T7
Jun 07, 2014 mb9607
80T6
Jun 05, 2014 chiefcuster chiefcuster
82T9
May 30, 2014 camus camus
65T5
Apr 30, 2014 b4con b4con
90T9
Apr 23, 2014 bluesman bluesman
85T9
Apr 13, 2014 ldpfilm ldpfilm
81T9
Apr 07, 2014 FancyClown FancyClown
86T10
Mar 31, 2014 Evan_D Evan D
70T6
Mar 10, 2014 Sane
83T9
Mar 10, 2014 sdenka sdenka
78T6
Feb 01, 2014 Guaporense
56T4
Jan 30, 2014 toro913
74T8
Nov 27, 2013 HVM
70T6
Nov 06, 2013 svenerik svenerik
95T10
deliciously bizarre
Oct 31, 2013 frbrown frbrown
55T1
Sep 16, 2013 Limdebois Limdebois
90T10
Sep 06, 2013 Barkinson
80T10
Sep 01, 2013 Whyte Nite
75T7
Sep 01, 2013 mightysparks mightysparks
60T7
Aug 05, 2013 andymalafaia andymalafaia
65T8
Jul 21, 2013 katsuben
2T2
Jul 15, 2013 JooJoo JooJoo
5T8
Jul 14, 2013 soraxtm
80T8
Jul 07, 2013 TonyS.
90T10
Jul 01, 2013 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100T6
Jun 14, 2013 I_am_prowler I am prowler
60T6
Jun 09, 2013 ClarkyCat
70T2
Apr 21, 2013 ECR E.C.R.
75T9
Apr 08, 2013 bernardobrum bernardobrum
85T7
Apr 05, 2013 8452f92d2b31
20T2
Mar 23, 2013 Jos Jos
84T8
Feb 21, 2013 Vasily
80T8
Jan 09, 2013 Woody92 Woody92
85T5
Jan 08, 2013 jrpaulson
80T7
Dec 14, 2012 jdlt
50T1
Dec 07, 2012 MVSCH2
60T2
Nov 27, 2012 Magmadiver Magmadiver
65T3
Nov 26, 2012 FMMVS
40T1
Nov 24, 2012 MVSCH
60T2
Nov 18, 2012 masoudmedico
50T3
Oct 26, 2012 Ronin21
80T8
Oct 22, 2012 ignatzkat
65T3
Sep 27, 2012 revolverjgw
85T10
Sep 24, 2012 hugocrema
85T9
Sep 21, 2012 octanoid77 octanoid77
100T8
Sep 18, 2012 OhYes OhYes
65T7
Jul 28, 2012 etherealtard
79T6
Jun 14, 2012 lumpnboy lumpnboy
80T9
May 31, 2012 debaser1985
86T10
May 21, 2012 nrm5
66T8
May 17, 2012 VALIS
100T9
May 07, 2012 julibu
69T2
May 04, 2012 Forrester
60T3
Apr 29, 2012 mannaz230 mannaz230
75T8
Apr 07, 2012 Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
97T10
Mar 25, 2012 filmcricket
85T10
Mar 12, 2012 toytronicaz
65T4
Feb 27, 2012 Dunstan_xxx Dunstan-xxx
65T6
Feb 12, 2012 daviddevries daviddevries
84T5
Feb 08, 2012 El Borracho
75T1
Jan 07, 2012 bileme Bianca Leme
9T9
Jan 03, 2012 The_Goat The Goat
86T9
Dec 05, 2011 LeShrimp
70T8
Dec 04, 2011 arnav3
62T2
Nov 02, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
68T9
Oct 24, 2011 Walterpoa Walterpoa
47T1
Sep 30, 2011 NRM03
66T7
Sep 25, 2011 DancingP
74T7
Sep 03, 2011 Serigala
65T6
Aug 25, 2011 Friedrice
76T8
Aug 23, 2011 garbo garbo
100T10
Jul 22, 2011 frg frg
9T9
Jul 06, 2011 Antares Antares
74T7
Jun 17, 2011 rant1229 rant1229
3T5
Jun 17, 2011 mark83
8T9
Apr 25, 2011 buser333 buser333
44T5
Apr 21, 2011 mic_
73T3
Apr 09, 2011 VinegarBob VinegarBob
65T5
Mar 21, 2011 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
65T7
Mar 16, 2011 zevel6
49T3
Mar 02, 2011 by_Devol by Devol
70T4
Feb 16, 2011 Zeno
76T8
Dec 07, 2010 sofielykke sofielykke
20T1
Nov 21, 2010 Malcym
8T9
Nov 04, 2010 tyoda
50T5
Oct 21, 2010 JerryJ JerryJ
80T8
Oct 21, 2010 glumpy99 glumpy_99
100T10
Oct 14, 2010 OldTowneTav OldTowneTav
60T2
A lot of things about this are off. The music is heavy-handed and creepy. Lancaster is not vulnerable enough for the role. The direction is dated. The dialogue is writerly. Yet, there is still something about this enigmatic journey that is worth watching --- once.
Aug 21, 2010 jodamico jodamico
77T7
Aug 11, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
76T8
Jul 26, 2010 Mikadzuki
65T5
Jul 22, 2010 Zoltan Zoltan
65T6
Jul 08, 2010 davesv
75T5
May 29, 2010 5thHobbit
74T4
May 04, 2010 Stain Stain
80T7
Apr 10, 2010 chester1958 chester1958
85T8
Mar 16, 2010 ledfloyd
70T5
Mar 14, 2010 cranky cranky
90T10
Feb 25, 2010 empire434
84T9
Feb 25, 2010 muutanet muutanet
89T10
What I love in this story was that it did not explain anything. You have to figure it out by yourself. Ned was clearly in the purgatory. Film needs several viewing to get closer picture what really happened to him that he deserved the state he ended up with. A beautiful, philosophical story with small details along the way.
Feb 21, 2010 jeffv jeff_v
84T10
Feb 10, 2010 onetwothree
50T5
Jan 23, 2010 hellsditch hellsditch
52T1
I normally try to use all of my 500 characters when revewing movies on this site but I just can't summon the energy to waste my time on this. To borrow a gimmick from the great commenter, Gtown1479, when this film was over I turned to my date, incredulously asking, "What? Just, what? Why?! Why is this a movie? Why does this exist?" If I had a basket of plum tomatoes at my disposal while sitting through this, I would have started hurling them at my TV Fozzy Bear style. Hey, that's 500 characters!
Jan 22, 2010 jstry jstry
12T1
This is a movie about a delusional, barefoot perv in swim trunks who NEEDS to swim in a lot of pools. And it takes him a really long time to do so. The end.
Jan 16, 2010 Mentaculus Mentaculus
72T6
For the first half my Gay-dar and Weird-ar were ringing so loudly I could hardly concentrate. But after Burt meets his "former" "lover" the film hits its stride and is altogether fascinating. This is basically Silent Hill 2, but with sunny days and country club socialites instead of (...) monsters. Marred mostly by editing and music that reeks of amateurism.
Nov 22, 2009 Razuna
74T5
Oct 03, 2009 winds winds
6T8
Sep 23, 2009 Cloudynow Cloudynow
69T6
Sep 09, 2009 negative
2T6
Aug 17, 2009 NilbogSavant NilbogSavant
89T9
Jul 28, 2009 Haz567 Haz567
85T9
This struck me deeply, just a marvelous film all around.
Jul 24, 2009 cosmovitelli
68T7
Jun 10, 2009 Bugsy89
60T3
Apr 20, 2009 imdb imdb
76T9
Mar 28, 2009 comanchex
89T9
Mar 25, 2009 filmaffinity filmaffinity
72T9
Feb 02, 2009 undinum undinum
90T9
Jan 30, 2009 andagh andagh
87T8
Jan 28, 2009 simin
40T1
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