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Cast

  (in credits order)

Sarah Megan Thomas ... Abi Brooks

James Van Der Beek ... Geoff

Glenn Morshower ... Coach Spriklin

Margaret Colin ... Mrs. Brooks

Wynn Everett ... Reba

Alexandra Metz ... Hannah

David Alan Basche ... Cox

Ellis Walding ... Preston

Alysia Reiner ... Meghan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Meredith Apfelbaum ... Susan
Armen Badkerhanian ... Bartender

Brea Bee ... Giselle
Brian Cheng ... Loud Cashier
Nicole Colina ... Rude Waitress
Jennette Daley ... Kelsey

Liz Holtan ... Beth

Marceline Hugot ... Mrs. Atkinson

Traci Law ... Waitress

Christopher Mann ... Man

Alexa Salamé ... Vanessa
Michelle Santiago ... Party Guest
Chuck Schanamann ... Airline Agent

April Yvette Thompson ... Airport Worker
Kiandra Wilshire ... Coxswain
Reema Zaman ... Ticket Agent
Ray Davis ... (uncredited)

Tom Delconte ... (uncredited)

Kristin Rose Garofalo ... Hostess (uncredited)
Nicole Lee ... (uncredited)
Denise Lynch Murter ... Cafeteria Worker (uncredited)

Vincent Riviezzo ... Airline Traveler (uncredited)
Ashley Sindaco ... (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ben Hickernell 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sarah Megan Thomas 

Produced by
Brian David Cange .... co-producer
Brian David Cange .... line producer
David Hoffman .... co-producer
Katie McNabb .... co-producer
Alysia Reiner .... associate producer
Tony Schneider .... co-producer
Sarah Megan Thomas .... executive producer
Sarah Megan Thomas .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Torn 
 
Cinematography by
Harlan Bosmajian 
 
Film Editing by
Phillip J. Bartell 
 
Casting by
Stephanie Holbrook 
 
Production Design by
A.R. Brook Lynn 
 
Art Direction by
Alanna Dempewolff-Barrett 
 
Set Decoration by
Mike Locke 
 
Costume Design by
Sarah Beers 
 
Makeup Department
Theresa Albanese .... makeup artist
Qodi Armstrong .... hair department head
April Chatman-Royce .... makeup artist
Linda Kaufman .... makeup department head
Chansopheak Tong .... makeup artist
Nakoya Yancey .... key hair stylist
 
Production Management
Paul Irwin .... unit production manager
Missy Moyer .... unit production manager: second unit
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tim Bradley .... second second assistant director
Michael Del Polito .... first assistant director
Roy Koriakin .... assistant director
Lauren K. McGarry .... second assistant director (as Lauren McGarry)
 
Art Department
Jack Dorsey .... set dresser
Gino Fortebuono .... property master
Chester Johnson .... leadman (as CJ Johnson)
Logan Monighan .... assistant property master
 
Sound Department
Raychel Brightman .... sound intern
Max Cooke .... boom operator
Johnpaul Golaski .... sound mixer
Heather Gross .... sound effects editor
Doug Kochenbach .... sound mixer: second unit
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Kevin Fanning .... digital effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Manuel Beliter .... camera operator: second unit
David Briggs .... gaffer
Paul Dickover .... dolly grip
Tom Fanelle .... b camera first assistant
David Gomez .... grip
David Greenplate .... grip
Kevin Hackenberg .... b camera / steadicam operator
Fenn Hoffman .... still photographer
Alvah Holmes .... first assistant camera: second unit
Matt Imbrogno .... best boy grip
Andrew Joffe .... electrician
Francisco Sonic Kim .... grip
Quint Klinger .... generator operator
Jennifer Kuptsow .... still photographer
Michael Lobb .... second assistant "a" camera
James Madison .... grip
Joel Minnich .... electrician
Timothy Naylor .... camera operator: second unit
Justin Newhouse .... additional second assistant camera
Nicholas Reader .... key grip
Silas Robinson .... electric intern
Bryan Rogers .... grip
Zac Rubino .... best boy electric
Stephanie Simpson .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Christopher Smith .... grip
Brandon Spratt .... electrician
Phil Tartaglione .... electrician
Guillermo Tuñon .... digital imaging technician
Brent Weichsel .... additional camera operator
Tyler Weinberger .... camera intern
 
Casting Department
Christopher Britton .... additional extras casting
Diane Heery .... extras casting
Allison Shomer .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mercedes Cook .... set costumer
Lindsey Kruichak .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Cristina Esteras-Ortiz .... digital intermediate producer
James Knightly .... assistant editor
Ben Perez .... digital intermediate colorist
Chris Rauch .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Abe Bradshaw .... music supervisor
Jackson Greenberg .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Chelsey Carey .... key production assistant: second unit
Brian Chasey .... production assistant
Trilbie Cook .... production intern
Roman Santa Croce .... production assistant
Ray Davis .... stand-in: James van der Beek
Olenka Denysenko .... script supervisor
John Galloway .... location manager
Morgan Gioffre .... social media assistant
Chris Gormley .... assistant location manager
Kevin Howley .... production assistant
Catherine Kurtz .... runner
Trish McMiniment .... assistant production coordinator
Danny Michelson .... runner
Adam Schoon .... production coordinator
James Sloane Jr. .... security
Kyle Sparano .... key set production assistant
Dilan Swain .... assistant to mr. cange
Dilan Swain .... assistant to mr. cange
Chris Wright Jr. .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Tom Davia .... special thanks
Melody Djavadi .... special thanks
Sam Eigen .... special thanks
Brian Sweet .... special thanks
 

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Rated PG for some mild language
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USA:89 min
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6 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
An entertaining and touching sports romance, 12 August 2012
Author: Rebecca Shannon from United States

Backwards is a charming, upbeat story with heart and substance. Whether you're a sports aficionado, a fan of romantic comedy or a devotee of James Van Der Beek, you'll find something to love. Plus, it is just so refreshing to see such a solid female cast - led by the talented Sarah Megan Thomas in her big screen debut.

Backwards is "Bend it Like Beckham" for rowing. It brings excitement and dramatic tension to the often unappreciated rigors of this sport. After watching the exquisitely filmed racing scenes I now have a much deeper appreciation of the passion and commitment rowing inspires for so many young athletes. Coming so soon after the Olympics, this film reminds us of the sacrifices behind athletic accomplishment and the rewards of true sportsmanship.

The sports theme is only one of several draws. Abi and Geoff (Thomas and Van Der Beek) have great charisma in the movie. The coaching scenes between Abi and "her girls" bring you back to high school and the relationships there formed. Some of the best scenes put in stark relief how competition can strain even the strongest of friendships - and how teamwork can overcome even major setbacks.

Do see this movie. You'll laugh and maybe you'll cry, but mostly you'll leave feeling just a little bit better about life.

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