Swoon (1991)

Tom Kalin directed this cool and aloof black-and-white study of the infamous Leopold and Loeb case, a case told before in two previous films -- Rope and Compulsion. In 1924, in Chicago, Nathan Leopold Jr. and Richard Loeb, two 18-year-olds,… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1991
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Rob Gonsalves

An exotic mood piece, based on the infamous Leopold-Loeb case, that probably didn't win director Tom Kalin many friends in the gay community.

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Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews

Moody, dispassionate take on the savagery of crime that neither illuminates nor captivates.

Emanuel Levy

As a dark, moody and stylized (the film is shot in b/w) poem of love and madness Swoon is effective, but as social polemic on contemporary gay issues, it's strained; even so, it's a striking feature debut.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Faux artsy take on the Leopold-Loeb case.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Valletta
An indie classic.