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PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 2 September 2005 (UK)
Frank determines to salvage his self-esteem and tackle his demons by attempting the ultimate test of endurance - swimming the English Channel.

Director:

Gaby Dellal

Writer:

Alex Rose

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Mullan ... Frank
Brenda Blethyn ... Joan
Sean McGinley ... Eddie
Jamie Sives ... Rob
Billy Boyd ... Danny
Ron Cook ... Norman
Jodhi May ... Angela
Benedict Wong ... Chan
Anne Marie Timoney Anne Marie Timoney ... Michelle (as Anne-Marie Timoney)
Shaun Dingwall ... Observer
Tony Roper Tony Roper ... Merv the Perv
Paul Ritter ... Mad Bob
Andrew MacLennan Andrew MacLennan ... Andrew
James MacLennan James MacLennan ... James
Irene Ann Burt Irene Ann Burt ... Vera
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After decades of laboring as a Glasgow shipbuilder, Frank Redmond, a no-nonsense 55-year-old working-class man, suddenly finds himself laid off. For the first time in his life, he is without a job or a sense of direction, and he's too proud to ask for guidance. His best mates - rascally Danny, timid Norman and cynical Eddie - are there for him, but Frank still feels desperately alone. An offhand remark from Danny inspires Frank to challenge himself. Already contemplating the state of his relationships with loving wife Joan and all-but-estranged son Rob, Frank is determined to shore up his own self-confidence. He will attempt the near impossible - swimming the English Channel. As Frank plunges headlong into his new daily life, his astonished friends are swept along with him. Prodded by stalwart fish-and-chips shop owner Chan, the men support Frank, train him - and keep their goal secret from his wife and son. Frank is unable to confide in those closest to him, but as the big day and ... Written by Focus Features

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This Spring, dive head first into life. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anything Is Possible See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,303, 9 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$186,912, 14 May 2006
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The toy that Rob takes away from his son at school is Thunderbird 2, based on the television series Thunderbirds (1965). Ron Cook played Parker in the theatrical remake Thunderbirds (2004). See more »

Goofs

In the pub scene with Danny and Rob, in one shot, Danny places the glass down, and the next shot, it is back in his hand. See more »

Quotes

Danny Campbell: How far is it to France?
Eddie: We're in France, ya dipstick.
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For he is a jolly good fellow
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Swim the English Channel, drive a bus...I loved it...
27 February 2005 | by JediKatSee all my reviews

I saw this movie at Sundance, and it was brilliant. Beautiful shots, wonderful acting and such a moving story! It made me cry, it made me laugh (with Billy Boyd as much of the comic relief!), it made me want to see it again! Gaby Dellal's direction was spot on, and the emotions from each of the characters was so true, that I wanted to cheer Frank (Peter Mullen) on while swimming the English Channel and console him when he felt like he couldn't do anything.

The only thing that I had an "issue" with, was that at a few moments, the Scottish accent was so thick that I missed what was said. :P Oops!!! Otherwise, I hope this gets picked up and distributed, and I will DEFINITELY buy the DVD.


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