Swoon (film)

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DVD cover
Directed by Tom Kalin
Produced by Christine Vachon
Written by Tom Kalin
Hilton Als
Starring Daniel Schlachet
Craig Chester
Music by James Bennett
Cinematography Ellen Kuras
Edited by Tom Kalin
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Release date
  • January 1992 (1992-01) (U.S.)
  • September 11, 1992 (1992-09-11) (U.S. general)
Running time
82 mins
Country United States
Language English
Budget $250,000 (estimated)
Box office $340,147 (USA sub-total)

Swoon is an independent film written and directed by Tom Kalin, released in 1992. It is an account of the 1924 Leopold and Loeb murder case, focusing more on the homosexuality of the killers than other movies based on the case. It starred Daniel Schlachet as Loeb and Craig Chester as Leopold.

Along with the films of Todd Haynes, Gregg Araki and others, Swoon is identified as part of the New Queer Cinema.



  • 1992 Berlin International Film Festival - Caligari Film Award, Best Feature - Tom Kalin
  • 1992 Sundance Film Festival - Cinematography Award (Dramatic) - Ellen Kuras, nominated for Grand Jury Prize
  • 1993 Independent Spirit Awards - Nominated for Best Cinematography (Ellen Kuras), Best Director (Tom Kalin), Best First Feature, and Best Male Lead (Craig Chester)
  • 1992 Gotham Awards - Open Palm Award - Tom Kalin
  • 1992 Stockholm International Film Festival - FIPRESCI Prize for Best Feature, Audience Award
  • 1993 Fantasporto - Directors' Week Award - Tom Kalin

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