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Swimming Upstream (2003)

The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.

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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
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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

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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)  »

Also Known As:

A contracorriente  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,520, 6 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,171, 13 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: [to Tony while having Harold Jr. beat him up in a boxing lesson] What're you crying for?
Young Harold Jr.: [whilst boxing] You are. You're crying!
Young Tony: [sobbing] I'm not!
Young Harold Jr.: [punches Tony again] You are now!
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Connections

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

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Adagio for Strings
Written by Samuel Barber
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A fine opening night film!
21 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

Just saw this film on its USA premiere at the Stony Brook Film Festival opening night. A packed house and an excellent Q+A session made this moving film a perfect choice to start the festival.

As previously stated, the casting was perfect with the distressed family members being portrayed in believable and engrossing ways. Both Rush and Davis deliver wonderful portrayals. According to the author, who was on hand for the opening, Geoffrey Rush did an eerily accurate job in his role as Tony Fingleton's father.

All in all, an excellent film that should be distributed more widely than it currently is.


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