Swimming To Cambodia

A surprisingly compelling film adaptation of Spalding Gray's one-man, two-evening stage performance about his experiences in Cambodia while filming a small role in Roland Joffe's THE KILLING FIELDS. Director Jonathan Demme has boiled the original monologue down to 87 minutes that still manage to encompass everything from Gray's search for his "perfect"...read more

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A surprisingly compelling film adaptation of Spalding Gray's one-man, two-evening stage performance about his experiences in Cambodia while filming a small role in Roland Joffe's THE KILLING FIELDS. Director Jonathan Demme has boiled the original monologue down to 87 minutes that still

manage to encompass everything from Gray's search for his "perfect" moment, to his adventures in Hollywood (where, among other things, he auditions for a TV show opposite Farrah Fawcett), to his grisly evocation of the reign of the Khmer Rouge, whom he at one point compares to upstate New York

hicks. Gray is a spellbinding monologist, and Demme constructs a perfect, uncluttered showcase for his subject's powers. All we get is Gray, a table, a glass of water, a couple of maps, and some "sound images" courtesy of Laurie Anderson; but that's enough to create a mesmerizing odyssey through

the mind of a uniquely talented performer, as well as through one of the gorier chapters of modern history.

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  • Released: 1987
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A surprisingly compelling film adaptation of Spalding Gray's one-man, two-evening stage performance about his experiences in Cambodia while filming a small role in Roland Joffe's THE KILLING FIELDS. Director Jonathan Demme has boiled the original monologue… (more)

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