Victor (2008)

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Despite having dreams of being a world record breaststroker since he was a child, Canadian Victor Davis came out of virtual obscurity to win the silver medal in the 100 meter breaststroke ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Davis
Cliff Barry
Mel Davis
Donna Clavel
Alex Baumann
Dave Stubbs
Lynne Cormack ...
Adair Hanna
Leona Heyens (as Debra Lynne McCabe)
R.D. Reid ...
Dr. Schaman
Dave Kolisnik
Greg Davis
Jennifer Watt
Linda Prystawska ...
Susan Barry
Devin Delorme ...
Young Victor
Glen Oomen ...


Despite having dreams of being a world record breaststroker since he was a child, Canadian Victor Davis came out of virtual obscurity to win the silver medal in the 100 meter breaststroke and shattering the long standing world record on his way to the gold medal in the 200 meter breaststroke at the 1982 World Swimming Championships. There, Victor and his coach, Cliff Barry, predict Victor will break world records en route to gold medals in these two races at the 1984 Summer Olympics. Victor's public bravado and hot temperedness, both extensions of his hyperactivity, irk his competitors, exasperate Cliff and sometimes place him at odds with the public and the media, both Canadian and international. From 1982, Victor has some spectacular swimming heartaches, some equally as spectacular swimming moments, and some potentially career-ending moments related to medical and legal issues all leading up to and at the 1984 Olympic Games. Through it all, he is supported by Cliff, his equally as ... Written by Huggo

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Poorly Written and Acted Movie
12 November 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The biggest problem I had with this movie when it aired, and that I still think of years later, is that it was so poorly cast. Victor Davis was 25 when he died--and in his 20s in the context of the movie--while Mark Lutz was in his late 30s when the movie was shot. Ms. Clavel was younger than Victor Davis, much younger than Ms. Shannon who portrayed her in the film.

I knew Victor Davis. I swam in the same pool, in the same training group, with the same coach; I spent time with him away from the pool in many circumstances. I did not see anything that resembled the man I knew in Mark Lutz's portrayal. As a friend of his, I found the portrayal of the generic friend "Dave Kolisnik" rather lame. A composite of more than one person Davis was friends with at the time of his death, he fits with the sappy story Lutz wrote, but not with the real story. Moreover, since this story uses real names for almost everyone, why was "Dave Kolisnik" invented? I was also disappointed with the portrayal of journalist Dave Stubbs in this film. I've met Mr. Stubbs a few times over the years and never in him have I seen the lackey that he was portrayed as in the movie.

It is understandable that a movie like this will change some things, or skip details, but as someone who knew Victor Davis in the years portrayed in the story, it just came across as weak writing and acting.

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