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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 ... 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 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:

View content advisory »
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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 USA:

$24,520, 6 February 2005

Gross USA:

$54,965

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$791,154
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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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Did You Know?

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: [narrating] I was always a little afraid of my father. From my earliest memory there was nothing I could do to please him. I just... never connected to him. So I fell between the cracks.
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Connections

Referenced in Chicago Fire: Two Ts (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Adagio for Strings
Written by Samuel Barber
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Great acting
11 January 2004 | by callapm66See all my reviews

This film has two fantastic leads....Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis. These two characters are developed well in an interesting script. Swimming is so much part of our culture and history. It's great to see a film that captures the drama of competition


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