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Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997)

Breaking the Surface is about the tough times Greg Louganis had on his way to becoming one of the world's top Olympic divers. Some topics discussed were Greg's childhood problems, his ... See full summary »

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Greg Louganis (book), Eric Marcus (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Lopez ... Greg Louganis (as Mario López)
Michael Murphy ... Pete Louganis
Jeffrey Meek ... Tom Barrett
Rosemary Dunsmore ... Frances Louganis
Aki Aleong ... Dr. Sammy Lee
Bruce Weitz ... Ron O'Brien
Patrick David ... Young Greg Louganis
Megan Leitch ... Megan
Jonathan Scarfe ... Keith
Rafael Rojas III Rafael Rojas III ... Greg - Age 9
Fulvio Cecere ... John Anders
Gabrielle Miller ... Despina
Kristina Krapic Kristina Krapic ... Despina - Age 11
Gregor Trpin Gregor Trpin ... Scott
Andrew Francis ... Bully Boy #1
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Breaking the Surface is about the tough times Greg Louganis had on his way to becoming one of the world's top Olympic divers. Some topics discussed were Greg's childhood problems, his homosexuality, and him contracting the HIV virus. Written by Eli Boorstein <eli@hotmail.com>

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It's the story of tremendous ups, and for the most part, very well executed downs.

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19 March 1997 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Actual footage of the 1976 Summer Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California, and the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea are used in the film. Actual footage of Greg Louganis diving at the Olympiads and audience reaction is also used in the film. See more »

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Frances Louganis: [to Greg about his dad] He was born an angry old man.
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Referenced in Wedding Daze (2006) See more »

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Very inspiring - but not a great cinematic experience
17 June 1999 | by Chris-564See all my reviews

Despite the stigma the film attracts by being a "TV movie", Breaking The Surface is well worth a look. I read Greg Louganis' autobiography before I saw the movie, and I must admit that there were distinct advantages and disadvantages with both. The poetry of Louganis' sport was much more evident in the film - but there was a much more personal account of the man in the book. Mario Lopez acquits himself well here, and I hope he will begin to move onto better things. The rest of the performances are adequate, nothing more. The film has a distinct "not-for-the-cinema" feel about it, which is why it will never reach a greater audience than those who come across it in their movie store, or are channel-hopping and realise that the biopic of "that guy who hit his head in the Seoul Olympics Diving Board" is on.

All of this is a pity - because the movie has a lot to offer, inspiration, a lovely sense of tension, and real believability in one of this decade's true inspirations.


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