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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Martin Shakar ...
Boatyard Owner
Avery Glymph ...
Fisherman #1
Chad Brigockas ...
Fisherman #2
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Dock Man #1
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Dock Man #2
Douglas Odell ...
Dock Man #3
Seth Kanor ...
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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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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Great Movie
16 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very moving. Everything about this movie worked for me. Top-notch acting. Great dialogue. Fantastic cinematography. I don't get all the wannabe critics, ready to call out directors, using terms like "heavy handed," "pretentious," etc. This was a compelling story, and any departures from the main story were there to add humanity. Everyone involved should be very proud. They made a movie that was different, and worth our time. (mine, anyway) The ending left no doubt in my mind what happened. I didn't find any ambiguity whatsoever. I felt it was moving, and insightful. I think people need to open up to those films that are a little different. This is one such film.


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