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Swimming Upstream (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama
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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Morris Bird III
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Julie Sutton
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Morris Bird II
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Sandra Bird
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Teddy Benevides
Barbara Orson ...
Minnie Goldfarb
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Coach Cramer
Edwin W. Thurston ...
Mr. Barron
Justin Ordman ...
Gavin Richards
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Hospital Orderly
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Dr. Henry Berkson
Patricia Fellows ...
Woman Customer
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Man Customer
Marian Varon ...
Mrs. Pruitt
Caleb Neves ...
Mt. Hope High School Soccer Team / Classmate
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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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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »
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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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Sexy Lady
Composed by Gabriel J. Maciocia
Published by Stack/Ursula
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Recorded by The Four Tops
Courtesy of Stack Entertainment
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Lovely family drama that we can all relate to.
9 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

This film is full of heart. I enjoyed the cast and the story line. This is a story that almost any adult or teenager can relate to. The small new england town is beautiful. Morris is the main character and has many issues to deal with at a young age. His girlfriend and his sister are the people who help his growth. His father is trying to make up for all the bad times. Morris has a best friend played by Ben Savage who shares all the ups and downs with him. There are laughs and there are tears too. It is easy to get involved in this story and just enjoy it. I hope others can enjoy this film too.


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