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Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Louganis (as Mario López)
Pete Louganis
Tom Barrett
Frances Louganis
Dr. Sammy Lee
Ron O'Brien
Patrick David ...
Rafael Rojas III ...
Greg - Age 9
John Anders
Kristina Krapic ...
Despina - Age 11
Gregor Trpin ...
Bully Boy #1


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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19 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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


Frances Louganis: [to Greg about his dad] He was born an angry old man.
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Referenced in Wedding Daze (2006) See more »

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5 December 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

When I was growing up, the networks had a biography of "somebody" going on almost every week. They were pretty decent, not blockbuster type stuff, from what I could remember, even though they were done on a shoestring budget. I learned much about folks through those. very informative which made up for much. But isn't that what these kind of TV movies are about? Today I caught The Greg Louganis Story on cable and it reminded me of those bio-pics.

It had to be something for Mr. Louganis to write a book about his life -- let alone do a film about the good and bad of it. There is not question that he is the best diver in United States History and worked as hard as heck to get that way - and that came though in this film. What also came through was his struggles - family, inner and just wanting to be loved while being professional and becoming a top grade athlete. I cannot tell you how sad it made me to see how some folks are just out to take advantage of others who work hard, and how devastating it became when Mr. Louganis was diagnosed with HIV. But the triumph came though the film as he did find a voice and let us all in on everything personal as well as professional.

Mario Lopez did a wonderful job in this film as well as Michael Murphy as his father. This is a TV movie about the trials of a superior athlete and his personal wins and failures as well. It was very brave of him to open himself to everyone but by doing so I am sure he has helped those who have the same struggles as well. Good TV Movie.

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