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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Joan
Graeme Somerville ...
George Bryant
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George McBlair
Kent McQuaid ...
Myron Peters
Lisa Bronwyn Moore ...
Patsy MacKinnon
Chip Chuipka ...
Syd Bell
Jennifer Morehouse ...
Grace Bell
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Gus Ryder
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Florence Chadwick
Susan Glover ...
Phyllis Ryder
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Freeman
Sean Devine ...
Hindmarsh
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Mark Harrison
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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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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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