Iâ(TM)m going to write across the county. At least, Iâ(TM)m writing a review about a film about a man who decides to âswimâ? across the county in The Swimmer. It opens with a surreal montage of forestry, and then enters Neddy Merrill (Burt Lancaster) who meets up with old friends. When Neddy sees a connection of the pools of his neighbors leading up to his house, he decides to âswimâ? across the county. His kidsâ(TM) former babysitter Juliane (Janet Landgard) calls it âan adventure.â? And she is absolutely right. What follows is not the action-adventure kind of adventure you see these days, but a simpler one with characters living out a somewhat realistic situation. Neddy is a relatable protagonist you feel like you grew up knowing, but is made unique by his boyish attitude. Along his river, the Lucinda River, he encounters old friends, who show mixed feelings towards seeing him again. This is obvious in one woman he meets, who was the mother of his friend. She owns the house, and she thinks low of him for not calling her son, his friend, in the hospital. The picture is great, with a clear-and-present 60s feel. It dates the movie in a good way, because today, youâ(TM)ll feel youâ(TM)ve gone back in time to the 1960s. Marvin Hamlisch provides a wonderful soundtrack, though there were some spaces where silence was not really necessary. The Swimmer is a deep, funny adventure, that feels dated yet timeless, from its relatable protagonist Neddy, to the side-characters he meets/reconnects with.