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The Swap (1979)

Vinnie gets out of jail after serving 10 years and tries to find out who killed his younger brother - played by a young Robert de Niro.


Jordan Leondopoulos (as John Shade)




Cast overview:
Robert De Niro ... Sam Nicoletti (1969 scenes) (archive footage)
Jennifer Warren ... Erica Moore (1969 scenes) (archive footage)
Jarred Mickey Jarred Mickey ... Andrew Moore (1969 scenes) (archive footage) (as Jerry Micky)
Terrayne Crawford Terrayne Crawford ... Carole Moore (1969 scenes) (archive footage)
Martin J. Kelley Martin J. Kelley ... Mitch Negroni (1969 scenes) (archive footage) (as Martin Kelley)
Anthony Charnota Anthony Charnota ... Vito Nicoletti (new scenes)
Lisa Blount ... Vivian Buck (new scenes)
Sybil Danning ... Erica Moore (new scenes)
John Medici John Medici ... Joey (new scenes)
James Brown ... Lt. Benson (new scenes)
Sam Anderson ... Paul (new scenes)
Tony Brande Tony Brande ... Father Testa (new scenes)
Matt Greene Matt Greene ... Marge's Assistant (new scenes) (as Matthew Greene)
Alvin Hammer ... Cemetery Caretaker (new scenes)
Jack Slater Jack Slater ... Party Guest (new scenes)


Vinnie gets out of jail after serving 10 years and tries to find out who killed his younger brother - played by a young Robert de Niro.

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

7 May 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Troca See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vito Nicoletti: You're a bad liar, baby. It's written all over your face like egg.
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Referenced in The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980) See more »

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About what you'd expect from a cheapo film that exploits a few small clips from an earlier bad film.
11 August 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

One of Robert De Niro's earliest films was a bad and forgettable film called "Sam's Song". A decade after its release, some unscrupulous boobs decided to integrate a few tiny clips of him from this film into a new film in order to capitalize on his recent successes such as "The Godfather" films as well as "Taxi Driver". And, to further exploit his fame, they gave him top billing even though he's barely in "The Swap" at all! Apart from the intro and a few tiny clips used here and there, he isn't even in the film!

As for the plot, it is also a rip-off. Clearly it's a reworking of the excellent Michael Caine film, "Get Carter". In both, a guy is in prison when his younger brother is killed--and he's determined to find and punish those responsible. Caine's film is a classic--this other version features wooden acting, terrible editing of the old and new film footage and almost zero energy. Overall, it's an awful little film that is better forgotten.

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