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Against the Current (2009)

R | | Drama | 18 January 2009 (USA)
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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Paul Thompson
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Katie
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Amy Thompson
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Jeff Kane
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Sarah Kane
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Boatyard Owner
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Fisherman #1
Chad Brigockas ...
Fisherman #2
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Dock Man #1
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Douglas Odell ...
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Officer Lefurgy
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Liz' Mom
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Aunt Karen

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

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18 January 2009 (USA)  »

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A contracorriente  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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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 »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Salvador Sanchez
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Performed by Sun Kil Moon
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visually wonderful - story stupid
15 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i watched this movie start to finish - as i do with 99.9% of all movies i choose to see. this movie has a lot going for it and a lot going to ruin it.

the characters - paul, katie, and jeff come across as spoiled trust fund kids that have nothing to do but "deal with their emotions"! paul is totally unbelievable as the grief stricken widower (or whatever he is). paul is just shallow and myopic and completely unconvincing from start to finish. katie adds nothing to the story. and jeff comes across as the only level headed character but drops that element mid story. pathetic! but the cinematography along the hudson river is beautiful and spellbinding. if the 'actors' could be deleted this movie it would be a 10 star flick.

if you want to see some beautiful scenes of the hudson river valley this is a great choice. and the soundtrack is wonderful. but all spoiled by a pointless story and bad acting and numb dialog.


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