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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, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,520, 6 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,171, 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

Tony Fingleton: [narrating] It's funny how the stumbling blocks of life can help make us better people. I never had the support of my father, but in the end that's what gave me the strength to seek something more than I could've ever imagined. Something in another world.
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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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Geoffrey Rush is awesome !!!!
5 January 2005 | by 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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