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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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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 ... See full summary »

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Greg Louganis (as Mario López)
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Pete Louganis
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Tom Barrett
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Frances Louganis
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Dr. Sammy Lee
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Ron O'Brien
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Megan
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Keith
Rafael Rojas III ...
Greg - age 9
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John Anders
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Despina
Kristina Krapic ...
Despina - age 11
Gregor Trpin ...
Scott
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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 <eli@hotmail.com>

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

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The Director Steven Hilliard Stern met his future wife while working on this movie. She was Mr. Louganis' former assistant. See more »

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Frances Louganis: [to Greg about his dad] He was born an angry old man.
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Very inspiring - but not a great cinematic experience
17 June 1999 | by (Coventry, England) – See all my reviews

Despite the stigma the film attracts by being a "TV movie", Breaking The Surface is well worth a look. I read Greg Louganis' autobiography before I saw the movie, and I must admit that there were distinct advantages and disadvantages with both. The poetry of Louganis' sport was much more evident in the film - but there was a much more personal account of the man in the book. Mario Lopez acquits himself well here, and I hope he will begin to move onto better things. The rest of the performances are adequate, nothing more. The film has a distinct "not-for-the-cinema" feel about it, which is why it will never reach a greater audience than those who come across it in their movie store, or are channel-hopping and realise that the biopic of "that guy who hit his head in the Seoul Olympics Diving Board" is on.

All of this is a pity - because the movie has a lot to offer, inspiration, a lovely sense of tension, and real believability in one of this decade's true inspirations.


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