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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Geoffrey Rush ... Harold Fingleton
Judy Davis ... Dora Fingleton
Jesse Spencer ... Tony Fingleton
Tim Draxl ... John Fingleton
Deborah Kennedy 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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Details

Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

27 February 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

A contracorriente See more »

Filming Locations:

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$205,360 (Australia), 28 February 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,520, 6 February 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$47,171, 13 February 2005
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Dora Fingleton: [about Tony, proudly] Your son's just won the junior championship.
Harold Fingleton: [to John] Wait'll these mugs see what you can do.
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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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Deserves to be better known
30 October 2003 | by tbscreenriderSee all my reviews

Since all the reviews I read on this film so far are from Australia, I couldn`t resist to comment on it, if just for showing that it made the other side of the world :-). I bought the DVD because I already am a fan of Jesse Spencer (though I never had the chance to see his "Neighbour"-appearances) - I like him in "Stranded". So I bought the DVD of "Swimming upstream" and was really impressed by his acting-skills. The story lacks a little tempo at times, but the characters played by Jesse Spencer and Judy Davis are really coming to life very well. And the way I dislike Geoffrey Rush`s character is proof of his good job either. Contrary to a previous review I read, I liked the use of the editing machine during the swimming sequences just fine. The only thing that struck me was the music during those sequences, that just was dramatic all right, but way to modern for the time that movie played in. With a little more tempo this might have been a top-league drama, but it still deserves to be better known and I will certainly recommend it to friends of drama-movies.

I hope for Jesse Spencer to find more roles that bring out his talent and make him even better known worldwide. It`s not often that good looks and talent go together (Kevin Zegers is another fine actor that deserves to be better known...).

I still wonder, why Tony`s father disliked his own son that much...I wish no kid would have to live through something like that. Ever!


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