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Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story (2001)

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This made-for-TV bio-pic is about Marilyn Bell, a Canadian teenager who, in 1954, was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario. She won the Toronto Canadian National Exhibition prize ... See full summary »

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Marilyn Bell
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George Bryant
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George McBlair
Kent McQuaid ...
Myron Peters
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Patsy MacKinnon
Chip Chuipka ...
Syd Bell
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Grace Bell
Ron White ...
Gus Ryder
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Freeman
Sean Devine ...
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This made-for-TV bio-pic is about Marilyn Bell, a Canadian teenager who, in 1954, was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario. She won the Toronto Canadian National Exhibition prize after Florence Chadwick, a then-famous American swimmer who was widely expected to win, dropped out in the middle of the race. Half of this heart-warming movie is devoted to the 21 hour swim in which the 16-year old Bell is exhorted by her pushy coach Gus Ryder not to give up. Written by Sundar Narayan <sundar1@aol.com>

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The film omits Winnie Roach, the third swimmer who attempted the crossing of Lake Ontario at the same time as Flo Chadwick and Marilyn Bell. Like Chadwick, Roach also dropped out of the race early on. See more »

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A pleasant, heart-warming film
11 February 2001 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

If you are interested in swimming or if you are a Canadian, you will like this movie. It tells the real-life story of Marilyn Bell, an underdog swimmer who outswam the more-favoured Florence Chadwick during the first swim ever across Lake Ontario. Caroline Dhavernas who plays the title role is cute and lovable as the sixteen-year old Marilyn Bell. The Toronto of the middle twentieth century depicted in this movie looks authentic and the automobiles from that bygone age add a nostalgic flavour to this film. Except for Marilyn Bell, the characters in this flick are not likeable. It seems that the stuck-up American prima donna Florence Chadwick, Marilyn's pushy swimming coach who initially has a contempt for her, the buffoonish Toronto Star reporters are there in the film only to provide contrasts to the title character. Such portrayals appear rather unnatural. Otherwise, this is a well-made film.


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