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Swimming Upstream (2003)

The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harold Fingleton
... Dora Fingleton
... Tony Fingleton
... John Fingleton
... Billie
... Harold Fingleton Jr.
... Ronald Fingleton
... Diane Fingleton
Mitchell Dellevergin ... Young Tony
Thomas Davidson ... Young John
Kain O'Keeffe ... Young Harold Jr.
Robert Quinn ... Young Ronald
Keeara Byrnes ... Young Diane
... Tommy
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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The pride of a nation. The heart of a champion.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

MGM [United States]

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Release Date:

27 February 2003 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

A contracorriente  »

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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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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

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...
[...]
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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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Great acting
11 January 2004 | by See 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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