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Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  19 March 1997 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Louganis (as Mario López)
Pete Louganis
Tom Barrett
Frances Louganis
Dr. Sammy Lee
Ron O'Brien
Patrick David ...
Megan Leitch ...
Rafael Rojas III ...
Greg - age 9
John Anders
Kristina Krapic ...
Despina - age 11
Gregor Trpin ...
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Breaking the Surface is about the tough times Greg Louganis had on his way to becoming one of the world's top Olympic divers. Some topics discussed were Greg's childhood problems, his homosexuality, and him contracting the HIV virus. Written by Eli Boorstein <>

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It's the story of tremendous ups, and for the most part, very well executed downs.


Biography | Drama | Sport






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19 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Actual footage of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California, and the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea are used in the film. Actual footage of Greg Louganis diving at the Olympiads and audience reaction is also used in the film. See more »


Frances Louganis: [to Greg about his dad] He was born an angry old man.
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Fascinating true-life story deserved better
26 January 2000 | by See all my reviews


Aspect ratio: 1.33:1

Sound format: Stereo

Despite acting as co-consultant, Olympic diver Greg Louganis is short-changed by Steven Hilliard Stern's conveyor belt TV movie, based on the sportsman's bestselling autobiography. The film tells a remarkable tale, encompassing everything from Louganis' struggle with his sexuality and his troubled family life, his long-term relationship with an abusive lover/manager, his Olympic triumphs, and ultimately his HIV positive status. In the title role, Mario Lopez is engaging and sympathetic, and he certainly *looks* spectacular, but the entire cast (veterans and newcomers alike) simply go through the motions - there's no passion. In fact, the characters are mere ciphers and the sentimentality is contrived and unconvincing. And do we really need another cringe-making TV movie which is too cowardly to show gay characters demonstrating even the most basic affection for one another? Maybe a cable production would have handled the story with a level of honest commitment that's sadly absent here. That said, the film is competent and watchable, if only because Louganis' story is *so* incredible, but viewers looking for the unvarnished truth might be better off reading the book instead.

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