Man on a Swing
Clairvoyant. Occultist. Murderer. Which?
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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 4, 2012
- Originally Released: 1974
- Label: Olive Films
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Cliff Robertson, Joel Grey & Richard Dryden|
|Performer:||Dorothy Tristan, Elizabeth Wilson, George Voskovec, Ron Weyand, Peter Masterson, Josef Sommer, Lane Smith, Joe Ponazecki, Christopher Allport, Gil Gerard, Nicholas Pryor, Richard McKenzie, Clarence Felder, Penelope Milford, Richard Dryden & Alice Drummond|
|Directed by||Frank Perry|
|Edited by||Sidney Katz|
|Screenwriting by||David Zelag Goodman|
|Screenplay by||David Zelag Goodman|
|Composition by||Lalo Schifrin|
|Produced by||Howard B. Jaffe|
|Director of Photography:||Adam Holender|
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.
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