Swimming Upstream

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MGM Released 2005

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Director:
Russell Mulcahy
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
Young Tony Fingleton has a very distant relationship with his distant father, Harold (Geoffrey Rush), and SWIMMING UPSTRWEAM depicts the dedication it took to win his respect. Born into a large family and convinced by his father that he will never amount to the achievements of his brothers, Tony attempts to win his father's respect by becoming a champion swimmer. Despite his best efforts to please his father, Tony also begins to realize his own self-worth in the process.

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  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Swimming Upstream evokes time and place without being showy about it and offers an altogether invigorating experience.

  • 70

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The role, one of the meatiest of Mr. Rush's career, is equal in flash and complexity to his turns as the pianist David Helfgott in "Shine" and the Marquis de Sade in "Quills."

  • 70

    Variety David Stratton

    Distinguished by some unusually fine performances, but the lack of a satisfactory third act diminishes overall result.

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