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Swimming Upstream (2003)

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The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.

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Dora Fingleton
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Billie
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Diane Fingleton
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Thomas Davidson ...
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Young Diane
Mark Hembrow ...
Tommy
Simon Burvill-Holmes ...
Brother Campbell
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Storyline

The true story of Tony Fingleton, a young man from a troubled family who found the inner strength to become a champion. Always overshadowed in his father's eyes by his brothers, it is only when Tony displays an extraordinary swimming talent that he feels he has a shot at winning his father's heart. Written by Crusader Entertainment

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swimming | training | harbor | abuse | swimmer | See more »

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The pride of a nation. The heart of a champion.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving alcoholism and domestic abuse | See all certifications »
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27 February 2003 (Australia)  »

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A contracorriente  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$24,520 (USA) (4 February 2005)

Gross:

$47,171 (USA) (11 February 2005)
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In the movie, Tony competes in the 100-meter backstroke, winning a silver medal at the Empire Games in 1962. In 1962, the Empire Games swimming events were measured in yards, and Tony won silver behind another Australian in the 220-yard event. When he is later told that "your event was today" in reference to the 1964 Olympics, it refers to the 200-meter backstroke - the 100 wasn't contested in Tokyo. See more »

Quotes

Tony Fingleton: [after losing to John] You reckon I could swim from here to America?
Dora Fingleton: You just gonna sit here feeling sorry for yourself?
Tony Fingleton: No, John's the star. He's a better swimmer than me. He always was. He's good, Mum. John's number one.
Dora Fingleton: You know it's just one race. There's gonna be plenty of races for you.
Tony Fingleton: Mum, it's too late, all right? How many years have I been swimming? I wanted to win a medal. I wanted to be a champion and win a medal at the Olympics.
[sighs]
Tony Fingleton: You know? You know, I wanted to BE somebody.
Dora Fingleton: Oh...
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Geoffrey Rush is awesome !!!!
5 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Saw this film at the Denver Film Festival and found it to be intense and moving. Tony Fingleton spoke after the film ended. Making this film was truly a labor of love and he was actually moved to tears as he spoke about his childhood. He said he no longer speaks to his brother-very sad. He said that the film was originally planned as a made for television program but the budget was too great as it is a period piece. Competitive swim buffs, Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis fans alike should appreciate it. The actors playing the brothers when they are older are hot too ! I hope this film is able to be distributed widely so it can be seen by lots of people-it is a perfect film for families with older children . Highly recommend this film


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