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  • Actors: Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer, Tim Draxl, David Hoflin
  • Directors: Russell Mulcahy
  • Producers: Howard Baldwin, Karen Elise Baldwin
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Bulgarian, French, Italian, Portuguese, English, German
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Nov. 2005
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AV3QJG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,295 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sporting drama starring Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis. As the target of his father Harold's (Rush) drunken abuse, young Tony Fingleton (Jesse Spencer) escapes to the underwater solitude of the local pool, where he aspires to win his father's love by becoming a national swimming champion. But when his cruel father pits Tony against his own brother in a competition to make the Olympic team, Tony must find the courage to swim his way to victory and out of his father's emotionally crippling net.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ian Yule on 7 Dec. 2009
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My S1 class has watched `Swimming upstream' and think that the review is too negative! Here are the views of four young people - for whom the film was intended:

`Swimming Upstream' is about a young boy called Tony who has a very hard home life. His father (Gregory Rush) always boozed with alcohol and says he's no good. Also his mother Dora (Judy Davis( is a kind hearted woman who suffers from Harold's temper. If this isn't bad enough his brother Harold Jnr bullies him and teases him. At the start of the film Harold Jnr is his father's favourite son even though Tony is winning swimming galas and has worked himself up to the Australian Nationals.
My personal favourite scene is when Tony is about to go to college and he talks to his mum at the beach. This is gripping and emotional.
When this film ended I felt sad but really happy ... also thankful! My life is so much better compared to that.
People my age would like this film because it is gripping and exciting.

Hayley Robinson (aged 12)

`Swimming Upstream' is a passionate film about a family overpowered by a selfish drunken father. Tony never really settled in with his dad. As his brother John and Tony battle it out to be Australia's best back stroke swimmer Dora (Tony's Mum) tries to deal with the family's problems. Harold is a biased father who is only in favour of John winning. As Tony progresses to Harvard (America's best university) with a full scholarship Dora manages to push Harold out of the family's life for the better. At his first visit to the school pool Tony manages his best back stroke ever. Young people will jump into this film because it is so encouraging. If you don't try to be number one you'll never be number one.
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Jesse Spencer (Billy Kennedy from 'Neighbours') plays a great part as a struggling professional swimmer with an ogre of a father/trainer who does nothing but berate his performances in the pool. Fighting against all odds, he manages to fulfil his goals. Emotional and uplifting storyline based on a real life character. 'Billy' also looks fit as a butcher's dog in his speedos!
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By Beniboy on 13 Mar. 2012
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This movie is just brilliant I'm sorry I waited so long to watch it. The story unwinds naturally and involves the viewer perfectly. The only negative is that the swimming isn't really going to impress a swim fan. Still it's a movie about a swimmer not a documentary on swimming and most viewers would probably not even notice.
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