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Depressing Double Feature

By FilmNerd July 14, 2009

The Grand Illusion is running a double feature tonight (and the rest of the week): A Tribute to the "Two Burts"—meaning, of course, Reynolds and Lancaster.

First up, at 7, Deliverance (1972).  See Burt Reynolds in the movie that confirmed his star status—a nightmare camping trip (and kinda the opposite number of Humpday ) set deep in backwoods Georgia.

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At 9pm, head north to stuffy suburban New England for Frank Perry's 1968 off-kilter interpretation of John Cheever's classic short story, The Swimmer . Burt Lancaster plays the title role in Cheever's depressing story (go figure) of a man who tries to swim home, hopping from backyard swimming pool to backyard swimming pool across his vast suburban neighborhood.

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