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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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Date User Score
May 12 P_u_l_p P u l p
80 82%
American 'Dream', or 'Nightmare'?
May 08 brennanc
9 86%
May 08 holsgr holsgr
6 56%
May 08 braddad68
95 83%
A truly original and meaningful movie. Outstanding performance by Lancaster! A hauntingly beautiful soundtrack as well.
May 06 tarr
80 69%
May 05 Lionel Hutz
81 66%
May 01 Metalfist
80 83%
Apr 24 fictionfitz
80 80%
Apr 22 mfl
68 77%
Apr 13 dourface dourface
80 86%
Mar 30 jpn
90 79%
Mar 25 feranmeraler feranmeraler
100 97%
Mar 20 Buff
50 74%
Mar 20 apsays
90 95%
Mar 14 bybrt bybrt
85 87%
Feb 17 coldesser
80 73%
Feb 10 davidjn
70 78%
Feb 10 tjobidoo
8 58%
Feb 06 Deliormanli Deliormanli
80 80%
Feb 02 OgreZed
60 25%
Jan 21 Mpython Mpython
9 85%
Jan 09 cengaveri
78 88%
Jan 07 M-B-M
8 94%
Dec 24, 2017 Old_Spriggan
75 58%
Nov 29, 2017 Cocoa
70 72%
Oct 14, 2017 Triptolemos Triptolemos
60 36%
Oct 11, 2017 DeLarge DeLarge
82 33%
Sep 12, 2017 sunka sunka
7 43%
Sep 02, 2017 sl1m
70 82%
Aug 18, 2017 EveAngel
80 86%
Aug 04, 2017 birrups
93 98%
Jul 25, 2017 koraycanses
77 42%
Jul 24, 2017 anzej_panzej anzej panzej
8 80%
Jul 22, 2017 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
99 99%
Jul 09, 2017 BurakOzturk
81 71%
Jun 19, 2017 MRobitussin M.Robitussin
93 75%
Apr 30, 2017 92filmgeek
65 64%
Apr 09, 2017 ICMforum
90 45%
Mar 10, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
74 91%
Mar 08, 2017 WillyV
76 74%
Feb 25, 2017 mCihhh mCihhh
80 81%
Feb 22, 2017 sweetpeas
82 87%
Feb 20, 2017 NickLeonhart
87 73%
Feb 17, 2017 Angliche92 Angliche92
83 88%
Feb 15, 2017 jagardoden jagardoden
84 78%
Feb 12, 2017 Mochard Mochard
63 63%
Jan 27, 2017 zkas1225
86 91%
Jan 15, 2017 joewkeh joewkeh
25 4%
Jan 04, 2017 GrimsChild GrimsChild
65 82%
Jan 02, 2017 Tarris1
81 93%
Dec 31, 2016 Fergenaprido Fergenaprido
58 8%
Dec 26, 2016 Rebert
8 87%
Dec 24, 2016 tommy_leazaq
63 74%
Dec 23, 2016 Lilarcor Lilarcor
87 90%
Dec 18, 2016 Lonewolf2003
78 64%
Love the way how it slowly reveal how delusional Lancaster's character is.
Dec 18, 2016 joachimt joachimt
90 96%
Dec 07, 2016 sirphibes sirphibes
81 82%
Dec 07, 2016 dcrouch1 dcrouch1
8 66%
Nov 24, 2016 gregmnewman
80 55%
Nov 18, 2016 Ronin22
68 81%
Nov 17, 2016 Mr.Blumfeld
50 12%
Nov 17, 2016 bogs bogs
75 43%
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
57 29%
Sep 25, 2016 onurdebalzac
80 85%
Aug 15, 2016 Midaso
8 96%
Aug 13, 2016 rojatume
78 59%
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
8 58%
Jul 20, 2016 Snobyeti Snobyeti
84 35%
Jul 04, 2016 Col_Needham
70 29%
Jul 04, 2016 MrWhiplash
80 55%
Jun 30, 2016 bal3x bal3x
90 96%
Jun 15, 2016 sonj
65 28%
May 25, 2016 sergebarber sergebarber
4 95%
May 23, 2016 valentin.mov
90 60%
May 14, 2016 zoPZ_ii zoPZ!
85 94%
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 ???
73 64%
May 02, 2016 DePalma
72 78%
Apr 27, 2016 bizarreeye bizarre_eye
81 85%
Apr 23, 2016 schnofel schnofel
59 51%
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
77 61%
Apr 15, 2016 Fifien Fifien
65 63%
Apr 07, 2016 edgardavids
94 87%
Mar 02, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
18 95%
Feb 25, 2016 drh
85 82%
Feb 12, 2016 NightGoat72 NightGoat72
90 97%
Feb 06, 2016 PeaceAnarchy PeaceAnarchy
87 87%
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
70 56%
Jan 27, 2016 Hakuna92
80 80%
Jan 21, 2016 msweller msweller
77 51%
Jan 11, 2016 hsncrspywl hsncrspywl
87 82%
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
100 90%
Jan 02, 2016 exitexitquit
78 72%
Dec 28, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
40 86%
Dec 15, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73 48%
Dec 08, 2015 BranaHawk
60 54%
Nov 28, 2015 piratejerk piratejerk
10 95%
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
70 66%
Nov 24, 2015 wokelstein wokelstein
73 55%
Nov 17, 2015 rTrueFilm r/TrueFilm
100 92%
Nov 06, 2015 omeraksy omeraksy
82 85%
Oct 29, 2015 Sinemaestro Amadeus
68 34%
Oct 16, 2015 Niska Niska
46 86%
Oct 03, 2015 aliosmanoglu
80 81%
Sep 27, 2015 SnoopyStyle
80 89%
Sep 20, 2015 KirkJiggler
10 93%
Sep 14, 2015 theWatcher
80 91%
Sep 09, 2015 littleberk
9 83%
Aug 27, 2015 Kianoto
78 87%
Aug 06, 2015 zomgmouse
70 39%
Jul 17, 2015 SleepTight
80 89%
Jul 01, 2015 krf7 krf7
70 48%
Jun 05, 2015 Oktay Oktay
80 74%
May 18, 2015 zetes
60 20%
May 13, 2015 preppy-3
70 53%
May 10, 2015 porzano porzano
50 40%
Apr 29, 2015 ferguson
80 83%
Apr 25, 2015 A_Different_
100 86%
Apr 24, 2015 si-sak
80 90%
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
90 82%
Apr 14, 2015 micmac_ii micmac
68 61%
Mar 25, 2015 gargantua gargantua
80 82%
Mar 19, 2015 10kfilms
87 83%
Feb 14, 2015 Skerringer
88 96%
Feb 14, 2015 Mikado
88 95%
Feb 07, 2015 JohnSandwich JohnSandwich
85 90%
Dec 26, 2014 Blindfolk
70 59%
Dec 14, 2014 felixm85
88 84%
Dec 07, 2014 Hadzibegovic Hadzibegovic
100 98%
Nov 22, 2014 sebby sebby
80 89%
Nov 03, 2014 Piglet Piglet
80 91%
Oct 14, 2014 Moribunny Moribunny
68 69%
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
70 61%
Sep 29, 2014 RavynLoony RavynLoony
63 65%
Sep 21, 2014 pupahava pupahava
80 82%
Sep 10, 2014 Ringshifter Ringshifter
86 84%
Aug 25, 2014 Warren Warren
93 97%
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
90 89%
Aug 01, 2014 cohle
86 47%
Jul 24, 2014 drawingboard drawingboard
50 7%
Jul 16, 2014 mattnawrocki
90 94%
Jul 07, 2014 Bluedeed
50 6%
Jun 25, 2014 doomy1986 doomy1986
73 49%
Jun 15, 2014 inmate inmate
83 73%
Jun 10, 2014 jalanb jalanb
76 65%
Jun 07, 2014 mb9607
80 %
Jun 05, 2014 chiefcuster chiefcuster
82 82%
May 30, 2014 camus camus
65 45%
Apr 30, 2014 b4con b4con
90 84%
Apr 23, 2014 bluesman bluesman
85 84%
Apr 13, 2014 ldpfilm ldpfilm
81 82%
Apr 07, 2014 FancyClown FancyClown
86 92%
Mar 31, 2014 Evan_D Evan D
70 46%
Mar 10, 2014 Sane
83 85%
Mar 10, 2014 sdenka sdenka
78 53%
Feb 01, 2014 Guaporense
56 30%
Jan 30, 2014 toro913
74 79%
Nov 27, 2013 HVM
70 48%
Nov 06, 2013 svenerik svenerik
90 85%
deliciously bizarre
Oct 31, 2013 frbrown frbrown
55 6%
Sep 16, 2013 Limdebois Limdebois
90 95%
Sep 06, 2013 Barkinson
80 93%
Sep 01, 2013 Whyte Nite
75 62%
Sep 01, 2013 mightysparks mightysparks
60 68%
Aug 05, 2013 andymalafaia andymalafaia
65 76%
Jul 21, 2013 katsuben
2 13%
Jul 15, 2013 JooJoo JooJoo
5 79%
Jul 14, 2013 soraxtm
80 73%
Jul 07, 2013 TonyS.
90 97%
Jul 01, 2013 Mr_Mxyzptlk Mr. Mxyzptlk
100 %
Jun 14, 2013 I_am_prowler I am prowler
60 53%
Jun 09, 2013 ClarkyCat
70 17%
Apr 21, 2013 ECR E.C.R.
75 87%
Apr 08, 2013 bernardobrum bernardobrum
85 66%
Apr 05, 2013 8452f92d2b31
20 13%
Mar 23, 2013 Jos Jos
84 78%
Feb 21, 2013 Vasily
80 70%
Jan 09, 2013 Woody92 Woody92
85 40%
Jan 08, 2013 jrpaulson
80 58%
Dec 14, 2012 jdlt
50 4%
Dec 07, 2012 MVSCH2
60 8%
Nov 27, 2012 Magmadiver Magmadiver
65 24%
Nov 26, 2012 FMMVS
40 2%
Nov 24, 2012 MVSCH
60 6%
Nov 18, 2012 masoudmedico
50 19%
Oct 26, 2012 Ronin21
80 73%
Oct 22, 2012 ignatzkat
65 16%
Sep 27, 2012 revolverjgw
85 97%
Sep 24, 2012 hugocrema
85 81%
Sep 21, 2012 octanoid77 octanoid77
100 68%
Sep 18, 2012 OhYes OhYes
65 61%
Jul 28, 2012 etherealtard
79 53%
Jun 14, 2012 lumpnboy lumpnboy
80 88%
May 31, 2012 debaser1985
86 96%
May 21, 2012 nrm5
66 72%
May 17, 2012 VALIS
100 89%
May 07, 2012 julibu
69 20%
May 04, 2012 Forrester
60 15%
Apr 29, 2012 mannaz230 mannaz230
75 70%
Apr 07, 2012 Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
97 98%
Mar 25, 2012 filmcricket
85 95%
Mar 12, 2012 toytronicaz
65 31%
Feb 27, 2012 Dunstan_xxx Dunstan-xxx
65 55%
Feb 12, 2012 daviddevries daviddevries
84 43%
Feb 08, 2012 El Borracho
75 5%
Jan 07, 2012 bileme Bianca Leme
9 82%
Jan 03, 2012 The_Goat The Goat
86 86%
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70 67%
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62 19%
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68 82%
Oct 24, 2011 Walterpoa Walterpoa
47 9%
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66 62%
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74 66%
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65 28%
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76 70%
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100 94%
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9 84%
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74 67%
Jun 17, 2011 rant1229 rant1229
3 30%
Jun 17, 2011 mark83
8 88%
Apr 25, 2011 buser333 buser333
44 40%
Apr 21, 2011 mic_
73 23%
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65 42%
Mar 21, 2011 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
65 66%
Mar 16, 2011 zevel6
49 26%
Mar 02, 2011 by_Devol by Devol
70 37%
Feb 16, 2011 Zeno
76 72%
Dec 07, 2010 sofielykke sofielykke
20 8%
Nov 21, 2010 Malcym
8 87%
Nov 04, 2010 tyoda
50 49%
Oct 21, 2010 JerryJ JerryJ
80 78%
Oct 21, 2010 glumpy99 glumpy_99
100 98%
Oct 14, 2010 OldTowneTav OldTowneTav
60 6%
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
77 63%
Aug 11, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
76 74%
Jul 26, 2010 Mikadzuki
65 47%
Jul 22, 2010 Zoltan Zoltan
65 55%
Jul 08, 2010 davesv
75 42%
May 29, 2010 5thHobbit
74 29%
May 04, 2010 Stain Stain
80 68%
Apr 10, 2010 chester1958 chester1958
85 66%
Mar 16, 2010 ledfloyd
70 44%
Mar 14, 2010 cranky cranky
90 97%
Feb 25, 2010 empire434
84 87%
Feb 25, 2010 muutanet muutanet
89 94%
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
84 95%
Feb 10, 2010 onetwothree
50 40%
Jan 23, 2010 hellsditch hellsditch
52 1%
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
12 3%
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
72 57%
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
74 39%
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