Against the Current (2009)

R  |   |  Drama  |  18 January 2009 (USA)
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Struggling with a tragic past, a man with an urgent calling enlists two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Thompson
Amy Thompson
Jeff Kane
Sarah Kane
Martin Shakar ...
Boatyard Owner
Avery Glymph ...
Fisherman #1
Chad Brigockas ...
Fisherman #2
Dock Man #1
Dock Man #2
Douglas Odell ...
Dock Man #3
Seth Kanor ...
Officer Lefurgy
Liz' Mom
Aunt Karen


Struggling with a tragic past, a man with an urgent calling enlists two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A contracorriente  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


The title of the film could be seen as a misnomer, since Paul Thompson (Joseph Fiennes) is swimming with the current, downstream, and not against the current, or upstream, but below Albany NY, where most if not all of the film takes place, the Hudson river is a tidal estuary, and flows both ways with the tide. See more »


Jeff Kane: We are looking to buy a boat.
Boatyard Owner: You sure can't have one for free... Ha-ha-ha
[laughter, slowing turning into hysterical cough; also declining any help offer with a hand-sign. All shocked, cough lasts for about 20-25 seconds, and at the end, he spits out, saying:]
Boatyard Owner: What kinda boat?
Jeff Kane: [totally confused] What?
Boatyard Owner: What kind of boat you're looking for?
Jeff Kane: Oh... aah... smallest one you got...
Boatyard Owner: Like a canoe?
[laughing, accompanied with small, scary cough]
Paul Thompson: A motor-boat... with a weak motor...
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25 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie took my breath away. I LOVE Justin Kirk, that guy is amazing and he did not disappoint. I won't give away any spoilers but the story completely pulls you in and you can't wait to see what happens next.

I don't know that I loved the sideline with Mary Tyler Moore. I can see its value but I just wanted to see more of the three core characters. I also think they could've done more with the storyline with Justin Kirk's character and the difficulty with his wife.

This film is gorgeous to watch but will also stay with once the end credits are done rolling. Best to see it with someone so that you can discuss it afterwards!

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