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Swimming upstream - Geoffrey Rush, Judy Davis, Jesse Spencer, Russell Mulcahy

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Movie propaganda

The pride of a nation. The heart of a champion.

Set in 1950s Brisbane and based on Anthony Fingleton's autobiographical novel of the same name, Tony (Jesse Spencer) beats the odds to become a champion swimmer. Battling an overbearing alcoholic father Harold (Geoffrey Rush) and his long-suffering but quietly heroic wife Dora (Judy Davis), it is only when Tony displays an extraordinary swimming talent that he feels he has a shot at winning his father's heart and maybe even the Olympic gold.

Theatrical propaganda posters

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film biography Anthony Fingleton Australia swimming Brisbane family 1950s

Persons of interest

  • Geoffrey Rush .... Harold Fingleton
  • Judy Davis .... Dora Fingleton
  • Jesse Spencer .... Tony Fingleton
  • Tim Draxl .... John Fingleton
  • David Hoflin .... Harold Fingleton Junior
  • Craig Horner .... Ronald Fingleton
  • Brittany Byrnes .... Diane Fingleton
  • Deborah Kennedy .... Billie
  • Mark Hembrow .... Tommy
  • Mitchell Dellevergin .... Young Tony
  • Thomas Davidson .... Young John
  • Kain O'Keefe .... Young Harold Junior
  • Robert Quinn .... Young Ronald
  • Keeara Byrnes .... Young Diane
  • Des Drury .... Mack
  • Melissa Thomas .... Dawn Fraser
  • Remi Broadway .... Murray Rose
  • Diane Fingleton .... Author
  • Anthony Fingleton .... Author
  • Anthony Fingleton .... Screenwriter
  • Russell Mulcahy .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

It's good.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Stereo
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen (1.85:1/16:9 enhanced)
  • Special features:
    • Picture disc
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Subtitles: None

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes, medium level violence)

Surveillance time

102 minutes (1:42 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 27 February 2003
DVD rental: 27 August 2003
DVD retail: 27 August 2003
VHS rental: 27 August 2003

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