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Swimming Upstream (2002)

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The scrapbook of most teenagers shows family members and friends at a picnic, at the high school basketball game, at Disneyland. Morris Bird III's, however, paints a different picture. This... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Morris Bird III
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Teddy Benevides
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Dr. Henry Berkson
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Sandra Bird
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Julie Sutton
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Morris Bird II
Barbara Orson
Marian Varon ...
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Edwin W. Thurston
Justin Ordman ...
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Patrick Gore
Patricia Fellows
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Man Shopper
Caleb Neves ...
Mt. Hope soccer team
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The scrapbook of most teenagers shows family members and friends at a picnic, at the high school basketball game, at Disneyland. Morris Bird III's, however, paints a different picture. This happy-go-lucky, all-American kid whose only wish in life is to get laid by his cute, but hesitant girlfriend suddenly faces terminal cancer, bringing painful and difficult issues to the surface. Picture an alcoholic father, played by Michael Moriarty, whose devotion to the bottle and mastery of self-pity keeps him from communicating with his son and daughter. Picture a teenage boy whose English teacher encourages him to write; he's eloquent, full of passion for life, and is the type of free-spirit who goes against the grain, walking up on the wrong side of the escalator. Picture a best friend, played by Ben Savage, who may not be the most mature person in the world, but his support makes up for that. Then there's a sister who nurses the wounds felt from living in a fractured family. Now try to ... Written by John Howard

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Morris Bird III: Have you ever loved anybody, Teddy?
Teddy Benevides: Sure, my mother and my father. But only until I was 12.
Morris Bird III: I was being serious.
Teddy Benevides: Yeah, me too.
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I recommend it!
13 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film along with 600 other people, at its premier in Newport, Rhode Island. People laughed and a lot of people cried because the movie evoked emotions in everyone. I enjoyed the film very much and found that the audience could identify with the characters. The story of Morris Bird III and his somewhat dysfunctional family never failed to keep me throughly involved in the story, right up until the sad, but uplifting ending. I recommend it! Pearl Gonzalez


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