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Swimming Upstream (2003)

The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.

Director:

Russell Mulcahy

Writers:

Anthony Fingleton (autobiography), Diane Fingleton (autobiography) | 1 more credit »
4 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geoffrey Rush ... Harold Fingleton
Judy Davis ... Dora Fingleton
Jesse Spencer ... Tony Fingleton
Tim Draxl Tim Draxl ... John Fingleton
Deborah Kennedy ... Billie
David Hoflin ... Harold Fingleton Jr.
Craig Horner ... Ronald Fingleton
Brittany Byrnes ... Diane Fingleton
Mitchell Dellevergin Mitchell Dellevergin ... Young Tony
Thomas Davidson Thomas Davidson ... Young John
Kain O'Keeffe Kain O'Keeffe ... Young Harold Jr.
Robert Quinn Robert Quinn ... Young Ronald
Keeara Byrnes Keeara Byrnes ... Young Diane
Mark Hembrow ... Tommy
Simon Burvill-Holmes Simon Burvill-Holmes ... Brother Campbell
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Storyline

The true story of Tony Fingleton, a young man from a troubled family who found the inner strength to become a champion. Always overshadowed in his father's eyes by his brothers, it is only when Tony displays an extraordinary swimming talent that he feels he has a shot at winning his father's heart. Written by Crusader Entertainment

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Taglines:

The pride of a nation. The heart of a champion.

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving alcoholism and domestic abuse | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

In the movie, Tony competes in the 100-meter backstroke, winning a silver medal at the Empire Games in 1962. In 1962, the Empire Games swimming events were measured in yards, and Tony won silver behind another Australian in the 220-yard event. When he is later told that "your event was today" in reference to the 1964 Olympics, it refers to the 200-meter backstroke - the 100 wasn't contested in Tokyo. See more »

Quotes

Tony Fingleton: [after losing to John] You reckon I could swim from here to America?
Dora Fingleton: You just gonna sit here feeling sorry for yourself?
Tony Fingleton: No, John's the star. He's a better swimmer than me. He always was. He's good, Mum. John's number one.
Dora Fingleton: You know it's just one race. There's gonna be plenty of races for you.
Tony Fingleton: Mum, it's too late, all right? How many years have I been swimming? I wanted to win a medal. I wanted to be a champion and win a medal at the Olympics.
[sighs]
Tony Fingleton: You know? You know, I wanted to BE somebody.
Dora Fingleton: Oh, you ...
[...]
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Connections

Featured in Swimming Upstream: The Making of a Champion (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff
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User Reviews

 
Acting superb!
16 June 2007 | by sjb_canSee all my reviews

Jesse Spencer is wasted on TV. He is a phenomenal actor. I was dazzled by his performance. Judy Davis, is, as always, top drawer. Although I don't much like Geoffrey Rush, I can't complain about his acting. I probably don't like him because he almost always plays characters with few redeeming qualities. Anyway, although the story is hard to watch for people who grew up in alcoholic or abusive homes, it is realistic and well-done. The family dynamics are portrayed so profoundly and truly that the swimming competitions, although central to the story, don't dominate in a boring way. Jesse's character, Tony Fingleton, is trying to succeed at something in life, despite the constancy of his father's hateful abuse. Tony never gives up, even in the face of hurt and betrayal.


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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

27 February 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Swimming Upstream See more »

Filming Locations:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,520, 6 February 2005

Gross USA:

$54,965

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$791,154
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Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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