Swimming to Cambodia

Swimming to Cambodia

Director: Jonathan Demme Cast: Spalding Gray, Sam Waterston, Ira Wheeler

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By rights, an 87-minute filmed monologue should be as stimulating as watching paint dry. Ah, but when the monologist is the brilliant Spalding Gray, then the audience is in for a cerebral feast. Based on his one-man Broadway presentation, Swimming to Cambodia is a mesmerizing account of Gray's experiences while playing a small role in the 1984 film The Killing Fields. Gray's ramblings encompass such subject as Southeast Asian politics, the availability of sex and drugs in the Third World, and even a few choice observations about New York City. The monologist sits at a desk throughout, while director Jonathan Demme makes no effort to "cinematize" the material. Still, the film is a fascinating hour and a half, and few viewers will feel the impulse to walk out of the theatre or fast-forward the VCR. Swimming to Cambodia was followed by another Spalding Gray "talking theatre" piece, Monster in a Box.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/28/2013
UPC: 0826663140071
Original Release: 1987
Rating: R
Source: Shout Factory
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 36,789

Special Features

Interview with Director Jonathan Demme

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Swimming to Cambodia
1. Chapter 1 [11:53]
2. Chapter 2 [15:26]
3. Chapter 3 [12:52]
4. Chapter 4 [10:52]
5. Chapter 5 [11:39]
6. Chapter 6 [11:17]
7. Chapter 7 [6:24]
8. Chapter 8 [4:05]

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Swimming to Cambodia 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this movies, but you gotta be ready for it. SpauldingGray will take you very high with laughter then the next minute you are down, sad, and maybe crying. then laughing again.