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Martin Strel attempts to cover 3,375 miles of the Amazon River, the longest continuous swim in history.

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John Maringouin
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Credited cast:
Matthew Mohlke Matthew Mohlke ... Himself
Borut Strel Borut Strel
Martin Strel Martin Strel ... Himself
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The film follows Slovenian endurance swimmer Martin Strel as he attempts the longest and most dangerous swim in history -- to swim the Amazon river. Accompanied by raconteur director John Maringouin, his worried son Borut and thoreauvian river guide Matthew Mohlke, Strel battles crocodiles, deadly parasites, piranhas and finally himself in the 3300 mile swim. Written by anonymous

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The film documenting Martin Strel's historic swim down the Amazon

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English

Release Date:

16 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek wielkiej rzeki See more »

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Amazon River, Brazil See more »

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(European Film Market)

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Color
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A title card before showing CNN covering the Virginia Tech Massacre says April 7, 2007. The massacre occurred on April 16, 2007. See more »

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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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All The World Is Green
Written and Performed by Tom Waits
From the album "Bloody Money"
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Fascinating
14 August 2012 | by rich-mcgeeSee all my reviews

An other-worldly journey through the limits of human endurance. Martin's first endurance swim was to escape from his abusive father and it is a ritual he seems to repeat on a grander and grander scale, driven on maniacally in the end. At the beginning it looks as though he is in pursuit of fame and acclaim but as the journey goes on it seems as though he may actually be fleeing from the inescapable. On a couple of occasions he abandons large civic receptions arranged for him and swims away out into the night, only a small support boat with a friend with a torch in tow. This documentary is a fascinating manifestation of inner turmoil battled with super-human determination and played out in a savagely beautiful environment.


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