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Swimmers (2005)




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Coming-of-age tale focusing on a precocious 11-year-old girl who sustains an ear injury requiring surgery her fisherman father cannot afford. Tara Devon Gallagher, Cherry Jones, Robert Knott, Shawn Hatosy, Sarah Paulson. Written and directed by Doug Sadler.

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Bodine Alexander
as Mike's Girl
Terry Alston
as Seafood Buyer
Jane Beard
as Receptionist
Jim Chance
as Retiree
Don Harvey
as Russell
Irving Jacobs
as Mr. Brinkman
Sarah Stusek
as Bully Girl
Mary Ann Walsh
as Airport Patron
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Critic Reviews for Swimmers

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Well-observed but self-consciously studied family drama.

June 16, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Practices a writerly movie poetry, which -- at its best -- is delicately elegiac.

June 8, 2006 | Full Review…

Eventually drowns from dramatic inertia.

September 24, 2005

an emotional movie that draws you in with its heart and ambition, even if the storytelling and dialogue need some help.

June 8, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

If you're a lover of the finest in film acting and potent drama, Swimmers is one of those 'smaller' films you won't want to miss.

December 6, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Swimmers

In spite of some continuity issues and a story that seemed rushed and a bit disjointed, especially in the early going, I found myself drawn into this family portrait. The story is told from the viewpoint of a lonely eleven year-old girl who becomes friends with an older girl, played by Sarah Paulson. The young girl, Emma (Tara Devon Gallagher), is facing surgery on her ear to save her hearing, but her family is struggling financially and cannot afford the operation. As her family slowly disintegrates from the financial pressures, she finds refuge with Merrill, who can be very real and tender with Emma, but exhibits unstable characteristics with men closer to her own age. Not a lot of star power here (the only other name I recognized was Cherry Jones, who played Emma's mother), but the cast was quite believable as these small-town folk, just trying to live their lives of quiet desperation. I found it interesting to see Paulson in an early role.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer


Fantastic and beautiful. Paulson was excellent in this role.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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