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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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Trust Your Heart
Composed by Judy Collins
Published by Universal Music Corp, OBO Itself & Wildflowers Company (ASCAP)
Recorded by Judy Collins
Courtesy of Wildflower Records
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Absolutely Beautiful
21 July 2004 | by (Perth, Western Australia) – See all my reviews

I too thought this was going to be the Aussie version but I was totally surprised and also amazed at this beautiful film. My sister and I sat and watched this together and by the end we were in tears as it was so touching and so well done. I think it is worth taking the time to see it. It deals with human emotion from the eyes of a 17 year old boy who comes from a dysfunctional family yet still finds it possible to rise above this and see life for what it can be. The best friend was an added bonus making light of a bad situation and keeping things linked. If not for anything else watch this for the amazing views shown throughout. See it for yourself as I did and and you may be pleasantly surprised.


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