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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Morris Bird III
... Julie Sutton
... Morris Bird II
... Sandra Bird
... Teddy Benevides
Barbara Orson ... Minnie Goldfarb
... Coach Cramer
Edwin W. Thurston ... Mr. Barron
Justin Ordman ... Gavin Richards
Nigel Gore ... Hospital Orderly
... Dr. Henry Berkson
Patricia Fellows ... Woman Customer
... Man Customer
Marian Varon ... Mrs. Pruitt
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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Morris Bird III: Spring is not always life, summer not always warmth. Sometimes this season brings sadness and tears. Spring is often a struggle... summer a disappointment.
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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 See 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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