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Swimming Upstream (2002)

PG-13 | | Drama
The scrapbook of most teenagers shows family members and friends at a picnic, at the high school basketball game, at Disneyland. Morris Bird III's, however, paints a different picture. This... See full summary »

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Robert J. Emery

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Don Robertson (novel), Robert J. Emery
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Czuchry ... Morris Bird III
Elisabeth Harnois ... Julie Sutton
Michael Moriarty ... Morris Bird II
Kelly Rutherford ... Sandra Bird
Ben Savage ... Teddy Benevides
Barbara Orson Barbara Orson ... Minnie Goldfarb
Ron Dean ... Coach Cramer
Edwin W. Thurston Edwin W. Thurston ... Mr. Barron
Justin Ordman Justin Ordman ... Gavin Richards
Nigel Gore Nigel Gore ... Hospital Orderly
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dr. Henry Berkson
Patricia Fellows Patricia Fellows ... Woman Customer
Eric Ruben ... Man Customer
Marian Varon Marian Varon ... Mrs. Pruitt
Caleb Neves Caleb Neves ... Mt. Hope High School Soccer Team / Classmate
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The scrapbook of most teenagers shows family members and friends at a picnic, at the high school basketball game, at Disneyland. Morris Bird III's, however, paints a different picture. This happy-go-lucky, all-American kid whose only wish in life is to get laid by his cute, but hesitant girlfriend suddenly faces terminal cancer, bringing painful and difficult issues to the surface. Picture an alcoholic father, played by Michael Moriarty, whose devotion to the bottle and mastery of self-pity keeps him from communicating with his son and daughter. Picture a teenage boy whose English teacher encourages him to write; he's eloquent, full of passion for life, and is the type of free-spirit who goes against the grain, walking up on the wrong side of the escalator. Picture a best friend, played by Ben Savage, who may not be the most mature person in the world, but his support makes up for that. Then there's a sister who nurses the wounds felt from living in a fractured family. Now try to ... Written by John Howard

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »
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USA

Language:

English

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Morris Bird III: Have you ever loved anybody, Teddy?
Teddy Benevides: Sure, my mother and my father. But only until I was 12.
Morris Bird III: I was being serious.
Teddy Benevides: Yeah, me too.
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Trust Your Heart
Composed by Judy Collins
Published by Universal Music Corp, OBO Itself & Wildflowers Company (ASCAP)
Recorded by Judy Collins
Courtesy of Wildflower Records
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Intelligent storytelling
13 March 2003 | by se-2See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of seeing this film. Thank goodness for filmmakers who are not afraid to tell real stories. To give the plot away is to ruin the film for anyone who can appreciate intelligent storytelling. I will say that parts of it are sad, but it is about life and how we all touch each other, one way or another. Two-time EMMY winner Michael Moriarty turns in a wonderful, mature performance. I recommend it for all ages, from twelve on up.


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