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Heart: The Marilyn Bell Story (2001)

This made-for-TV bio-pic is about Marilyn Bell, a Canadian teenager who, in 1954, was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario. She won the Toronto Canadian National Exhibition prize ... See full summary »

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Manon Briand

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Karen Walton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Dhavernas ... Marilyn Bell
Amy Sloan ... Joan
Graeme Somerville Graeme Somerville ... George Bryant
Vlasta Vrana ... George McBlair
Kent McQuaid ... Myron Peters
Lisa Bronwyn Moore Lisa Bronwyn Moore ... Patsy MacKinnon
Chip Chuipka Chip Chuipka ... Syd Bell
Jennifer Morehouse Jennifer Morehouse ... Grace Bell
Ron White ... Gus Ryder
Claudia Besso ... Florence Chadwick
Natasha Tofflemire Natasha Tofflemire ... Karen Bell
David Schaap David Schaap ... Race Official
Susan Glover Susan Glover ... Phyllis Ryder
Evan King Evan King ... Cliff Lumsdon
Jean Brassard ... Freeman
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This made-for-TV bio-pic is about Marilyn Bell, a Canadian teenager who, in 1954, was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario. She won the Toronto Canadian National Exhibition prize after Florence Chadwick, a then-famous American swimmer who was widely expected to win, dropped out in the middle of the race. Half of this heart-warming movie is devoted to the 21 hour swim in which the 16-year old Bell is exhorted by her pushy coach Gus Ryder not to give up. Written by Sundar Narayan <sundar1@aol.com>

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2001 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Marilyn Bell: Une histoire de coeur See more »

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The film omits Winnie Roach, the third swimmer who attempted the crossing of Lake Ontario at the same time as Flo Chadwick and Marilyn Bell. Like Chadwick, Roach also dropped out of the race early on. See more »

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Oi, Canada
1 March 2008 | by jackcollins1977See all my reviews

Florence Chadwick was actually the far more accomplished swimmer, of course. She swam the English Channel both directions. She swam from Catalina Island to the California coast. Marilyn Bell's is a sweet story, but the usual glorification of us Canadians in the face of a superior world. Another sample of our inferiority complex. Our political system works pretty well and the health system allows people not to die in hospital lobbies. That's pretty good. Better than Lebanon. What should we do about hockey though...? And curling. The notion of calling this a sport, of its inclusion in the Olympics...! ah, but we digress...


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