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Man on a Swing
     

Man on a Swing

Director: Frank Perry

Cast: Richard McKenzie, George Voskovec, Ron Weyand

 

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Man on a Swing, purportedly based on a true case, is a puzzling crime thriller concerning a clairvoyant who helps find a murderer. After a murder is committed, supposed clairvoyant Franklin Wills goes to police Chief Lee Tucker (Cliff Robertson) and gives him details of the crime that he has seen in visions. The details are startlingly correct and could only

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Man on a Swing, purportedly based on a true case, is a puzzling crime thriller concerning a clairvoyant who helps find a murderer. After a murder is committed, supposed clairvoyant Franklin Wills goes to police Chief Lee Tucker (Cliff Robertson) and gives him details of the crime that he has seen in visions. The details are startlingly correct and could only have been known to the killer. Tucker, not convinced that Wills is indeed clairvoyant, begins to suspect him of the murder. Man on a Swing, directed by Frank Perry, over-complicates its central theme, distracting the viewer from the film's strong central theme, the ambiguity of Wills. Joel Grey gives an outstanding, scene-stealing performance in that role, giving Wills both menace and a surprising vulnerability. Cliff Robertson is far-less successful in his portrayal of the no-nonsense police chief. The film's ambiguous ending should increase the suspense of the film but instead further confuses the viewer. However, because of the superb performance of Grey, Man on a Swing is worth a view.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2012
UPC:
0887090040402
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
PG
Source:
Olive Films
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:50:00
Sales rank:
32,591

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard McKenzie Sam Gallagher
George Voskovec Dr. Nicholas Holmar
Ron Weyand Dr. Philip Fusco
Cliff Robertson Police Chief Lee Tucker
Dorothy Tristan Janet Tucker
Richard Dryden Mr. Dawson
Elizabeth Wilson Dr. Anna Wilson
Peter Masterson Willie Younger
Lane Smith Ted Ronan
Joe Ponazecki Dan Lloyd
Patricia Hawkins Diana Spenser
Gil Gerard Donald Forbes
Alice Drummond Mrs. Dawson
John Miller Sam Gallagher
Clarice Blackburn Mrs. Brennan
Nicholas Pryor Paul Kearney
Shawn Campbell Steve Barron
Clarence Felder Coach
Penelope Milford Evelyn Moore
Bruce French Check-Out Man
Roy Mason Plant Manager
Josef Sommer Peter Russell
Joel Grey Franklin Wills
Diane Hull Maggie Dawson
Christopher Allport Richie Tom Keating
Richard Venture Man In Motel

Technical Credits
Frank Perry Director
David Zelag Goodman Screenwriter
Adam Holender Cinematographer
Jack C. Jacobsen Sound/Sound Designer
Howard B. Jaffe Producer
Stanley Jaffe Producer
Sidney Katz Editor
Ruth Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Hubert Oates Set Decoration/Design
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Joel Schiller Production Designer
Louis A. Stroller Asst. Director
Dick Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer

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