Swimming to Cambodia Movie Review Summary

Actors: Spalding Gray

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Spalding Gray, a great monologist, sits at a table with a glass of water and a microphone, and tells about his experiences going to Thailand to act a small role in the 1984 movie about the Cambodian genocide, "The Killing Fields." Along the way, he describes the sex clubs and nightlife (including the famous "banana show"), the background history of the Khmer Rouge and the massacres in Cambodia, a missile-crazed Navy guy named Jack Daniels, and Gray's search for "the perfect moment" -- a kind of natural LSD trip without drugs. This 1987 film of Gray's touring one-man show was directed by Jonathan Demme who enlivens it slightly with camera tricks, subdued musical and lighting cues, and the occasional sound effect (such as helicopters). There are also several clips from "The Killing Fields."
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1980's-1999 Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   main character serviced by a prostitute Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   Other Asian

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Jungles?    -   Yes Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   swimming on    -   drowning Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Any profanity?    -   Some foul language Is this movie based on a    -   play

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