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Swimming Upstream (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  27 February 2003 (Australia)
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The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dora Fingleton
Brittany Byrnes ...
Diane Fingleton
Mitchell Dellevergin ...
Thomas Davidson ...
Kain O'Keeffe ...
Robert Quinn ...
Keeara Byrnes ...
Young Diane
Mark Hembrow ...
Simon Burvill-Holmes ...
Brother Campbell


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.


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


$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 »


Dora Fingleton: [about Tony, proudly] Your son's just won the junior championship.
Harold Fingleton: [to John] Wait'll these mugs see what you can do.
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Great acting
11 January 2004 | by (sydney, australia) – See all my reviews

This film has two fantastic leads....Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis. These two characters are developed well in an interesting script. Swimming is so much part of our culture and history. It's great to see a film that captures the drama of competition

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