• Swimming Upstream (2002)

Swimming Upstream

Release Date: 2002

DVD Release Date: May 25th, 2004

PG-13 |1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary

One of many siblings in a large Australian family, Tony Fingleton (Jesse Spencer) struggles to make his own mark and, most importantly, garner the respect of his stern father, Harold (Geoffrey Rush). Deciding to pursue competitive swimming, Tony embarks on a quest to become the best athlete possible. Along the way, he discovers both confidence and his talent. Although Tony has the support of his beleaguered mom, Dora (Judy Davis), winning over his dad proves to be far more difficult.

Cast: Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer, Tim Draxl, David Hoflin, Craig Horner, Brittany Byrnes, Deborah Kennedy

Director: Russell Mulcahy

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Upstream Productions Pty. Ltd.

Keywords: Mother, Rise, 1950s, Inspiring, Competition, Father, Brother, Emotional, Son, 1960s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    Connie OgleMiami Herald

    Gripping family drama keeps Swimming Upstream from going under. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Without them (Geoffrey Rush and Judy Davis), the melodramatic chronicle of real-life swimmer Tony Fingleton's formative years would have very little going for it. show more

  • 75
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    Rush and Davis shine, and the drama is engrossingly told until it turns sadly sentimental in the last minutes. show more

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