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Swiss Army Man (2016)

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A hopeless man stranded on a deserted island befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home.

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Dan Kwan (as Daniel Kwan), Daniel Scheinert

Writers:

Daniel Scheinert, Dan Kwan (as Daniel Kwan)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Dano ... Hank
Daniel Radcliffe ... Manny
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Sarah
Antonia Ribero ... Crissie
Timothy Eulich ... Preston
Richard Gross ... Hank's Dad
Marika Casteel ... Reporter
Andy Hull ... Cameraman
Aaron Marshall ... Officer #1
Shane Carruth ... Coroner
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Storyline

Hank, stranded on a deserted island and about to kill himself, notices a corpse washed up on the beach. He befriends it, naming it Manny, only to discover that his new friend can talk and has a myriad of supernatural abilities...which may help him get home. Written by highlandpercussion

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We all need some body to lean on. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual material | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Sweden

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Swiss Army Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$105,453, 26 June 2016

Gross USA:

$4,210,454

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,935,501
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

Members of the cast and crew contributed Manny's farts including Paul Dano. Daniel Radcliffe claims to have not contributed a fart. See more »

Goofs

When Hank holds the glass of ice water down towards Manny while they are in the backyard, the ice cubes in the glass do not float - they are all sitting on the bottom of the glass. Water expands slightly when it freezes, thus lowering its density. Since the resulting ice is of a lower density than water, the ice should float when placed in water. Thus these ice cubes are fake. See more »

Quotes

Hank: OK Manny talk to her.
Manny: What I talk about?
Hank: Just whatever comes naturally.
Manny: hello!, I don't know why but I have the sudden urge to put my mouth on your mouth.
Hank: OK that's called kissing you can't do that yet is too fast.
Manny: Oh! how about if I put my penis on you.
Hank: That's even worse!
Manny: Oh! so sorry, what about if just the tip, like just the very beginning.
Hank: OK Manny is not about sex!
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Connections

Featured in FoundFlix: Swiss Army Man (2016) (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Talk To Her
Written by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell
Performed by Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe
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Wild and entertaining.
29 June 2016 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"You can't just say whatever comes into your head. That's bad talking." Hank (Paul Dano)

Swiss Army Man is not Weekend at Bernie's, despite the animated corpse, Manny (Daniel Radcliffe), nor is it Cast Away with its benign Tom Hanks character and soccer ball Wilson. Rather it is as imaginative and unsettling a fantasy as you will see in your recent memory. The corpse (Daniel Radcliffe) eventually talks (albeit perhaps in Manny's mind only), and as the above quote suggests, maybe too much.

Marooned on an island, Hank is suicidal to the degree that he tries multiple times. Life has not been agreeable especially in his now lost situation. Enter corpse Manny, whose initial introduction is a body still filled with flatulence. Okay stuff for pubescent boys in the audience who can identify with the humorous properties of farts.

However, as in all good allegory, this film is conscious about the figurative relevance of those bodily functions, even boners from a dead man. As you already figured out, this body carries the weight of allegorical implication, mostly confirming that even in the body's basic functions, there is life affirming activity, enough for a seriously homicidal like Hank.

Swiss Army Man has a bunch of utilitarian functions, like the titular renowned knife, to counter the absurdity of life so well documented in the detritus Hanks finds in his lost condition. Cheese Puffs become almost sacred to a hungry castaway and erections are publicly appreciated as evidence of life, especially among the dead.

Dano and Radcliffe are the modern buddy-film icons, clueless about the value of life at its simplest but smart enough to figure it out. The ubiquitous smart phone, with its waning power, has the brief power to engage even a corpse with images of lust and maybe love, fleeting as the images might be.

A foraging bear reminds me that Hank is not as vulnerable as Leo's in Revenant, yet dramatically showing the wit of the two buddies for saving themselves. Nature is always a danger, but survivable if buddies are willing to count on human nature to get them through.

Swiss Army Man is not as oblique as Samuel Beckett's absurd dramas but feels much longer; however, it is Beckett with a sense of humor. It has an accessible figurativeness to please even the most unwillingly interpretive audience.

See this film to help you understand that even the basest human activity is better than the void to which we are all called.


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