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Swimming Upstream (2003)

The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.

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Cast

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John Fingleton
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Billie
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Harold Fingleton Jr.
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Ronald Fingleton
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Diane Fingleton
Mitchell Dellevergin ...
Thomas Davidson ...
Young John
Kain O'Keeffe ...
Robert Quinn ...
Young Ronald
Keeara Byrnes ...
Young Diane
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Tommy
Simon Burvill-Holmes ...
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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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The pride of a nation. The heart of a champion.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving alcoholism and domestic abuse | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 February 2003 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

A contracorriente  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$205,360 (Australia) (28 February 2003)

Gross:

$47,171 (USA) (13 February 2005)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Harold Fingleton: [in a drunken stupor, to Tony] When I was your age, I was tougher.
Tony Fingleton: What are you talking about?
Harold Fingleton: You're far too weak. You make me feel ashamed. I wish you didn't exist.
Dora Fingleton: Oh, Tony, come to bed.
[Tony leaves]
Harold Fingleton: They were a bunch of animals. Bastards.
Dora Fingleton: Harold, what happened? What happened today, hmm? What happened? How'd you get that mark on your face?
Harold Fingleton: Coppers came out and, um... I think I fell over. Coppers...
Dora Fingleton: Was it...
Harold Fingleton: It was all so long ago that they were animals. And my mother... My mother, she was ...
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Connections

Featured in Swimming Upstream: The Making of a Champion (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Adagio for Strings
Written by Samuel Barber
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Deserves to be better known
30 October 2003 | by (Hamburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Since all the reviews I read on this film so far are from Australia, I couldn`t resist to comment on it, if just for showing that it made the other side of the world :-). I bought the DVD because I already am a fan of Jesse Spencer (though I never had the chance to see his "Neighbour"-appearances) - I like him in "Stranded". So I bought the DVD of "Swimming upstream" and was really impressed by his acting-skills. The story lacks a little tempo at times, but the characters played by Jesse Spencer and Judy Davis are really coming to life very well. And the way I dislike Geoffrey Rush`s character is proof of his good job either. Contrary to a previous review I read, I liked the use of the editing machine during the swimming sequences just fine. The only thing that struck me was the music during those sequences, that just was dramatic all right, but way to modern for the time that movie played in. With a little more tempo this might have been a top-league drama, but it still deserves to be better known and I will certainly recommend it to friends of drama-movies.

I hope for Jesse Spencer to find more roles that bring out his talent and make him even better known worldwide. It`s not often that good looks and talent go together (Kevin Zegers is another fine actor that deserves to be better known...).

I still wonder, why Tony`s father disliked his own son that much...I wish no kid would have to live through something like that. Ever!




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