Swoon Movie Review 1991

Information and Film Reviews for Swoon the Movie

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Kalin's directorial debut is a stylish rendering of the sensational 1924 kidnapping and murder of Bobby Franks by Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. and their subsequent trial and imprisonment. Core elements of the case remain but Kalin imposes contemporary styles and morals on the past, particularly his protest against the homophobic attitudes influencing the trial while acknowledging the jaded and dispassionate behavior of the two young men. Previous cinematic versions of the murder case include "Rope" and "Compulsion" but Kalin graphically portrays the characters homosexuality, which was only hinted at in the earlier films.


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Available on VHS
Running time 95 minutes.

Cast and Crew

True Crime, Gays, Period Piece: 1920s, Order in the Court, Law & Lawyers
Tom Kalin
Daniel Schlachet, Craig Chester, Ron Vawter, Michael Kirby, Michael Stumm, Valda Z. Drabla, Natalie Stanford
Ellen Kuras
Tom Kalin
James Bennett
Christine Vachon, American Playhouse Theatrical Films, Fine Line Features


Sundance 1992: Cinematog.

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