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The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.

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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)

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$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

Harold Fingleton: [on his way to confession] Hot in here, isn't it?
Dora Fingleton: Not for us Protestants.
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When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
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A great Australian story
28 September 2002 | by (sydney australia) – See all my reviews

I watched Swimming Upstream as part of the judging for Australia's Film Institute awards and was very impressed with it at that screening. The performances are superb, especially Judy Davis and Geoffery Rush. But the real power of the film lies in it's subtext about a father who managed to disregard his own son.

The implications of this, and the way it was so beautifully, visually and poignantly brought to the screen, is one of the true achievements of this film.

Special mention goes to Anthony Fingleton who wrote the screenplay (based on his autobiography) He and co-writer Diane Fingleton have managed to relate an extrordinary situation without trying to answer the greatest puzzle - how could this happen in a loving family.

A real Gem that will no doubt be overlooked by many. A shame.


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