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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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Billie
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Diane Fingleton
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Tommy
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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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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$47,171 (USA) (11 February 2005)
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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: [on his way to confession] Hot in here, isn't it?
Dora Fingleton: Not for us Protestants.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
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Not So Good Old days
17 August 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I grew up in Sydney during the 1950's and although my childhood was good it wasn't the "good old days" people like to reminisce about.

This film captures the Australia of the 1950's perfectly.

An insular nation still coming to grips with who it was and where it was going.

As a child I saw men traumatised by the war or the depression; unable to express their feelings and as trapped in their roles as were the women.

Rush and Davies were superb as were the actors who played the children.

What a pity Tony had to escape to the USA. Has anything really changed?

A great little Australian Movie


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