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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Morris Bird III
Julie Sutton
Morris Bird II
Sandra Bird
Teddy Benevides
Barbara Orson ...
Minnie Goldfarb
Coach Cramer
Edwin W. Thurston ...
Mr. Barron
Justin Ordman ...
Gavin Richards
Hospital Orderly
Dr. Henry Berkson
Patricia Fellows ...
Woman Customer
Man Customer
Marian Varon ...
Mrs. Pruitt
Caleb Neves ...
Mt. Hope High School Soccer Team / Classmate


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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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Possibly THE worst movie of 2002
9 April 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

CRAP! I accidentally watched this film-thinking that it was the Swimming Upstream that was released in 2003. I seriously regret wasting an hour of my life sitting through it. Shame on whoever gave this junk an award. I thoroughly loathed this film-in fact I didn't see it through to the end. After an hour I could no longer stand it. I am disgusted that people are amused by such a lousy script-which tries and fails to rip off a dozen other human interest stories and such BA-AD acting. PAINFUL. I rate it 1 star out of 10. An amateur could make a much, much greater movie.

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