- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 37 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: May 31, 2005
- Originally Released: 2005
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 02/04/2005
"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."
Los Angeles Times - 02/04/2005
"[The film] evokes time and place without being showy about it and offers an altogether invigorating experience."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/2005
"Davis, an electric supporting player often allowed simply to chew the scenery, does the opposite here, working subtle wonders..."
SWIMMING UPSTREAM is an inspiring drama that tells the true story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton (Jess Spencer), who rose above his deeply troubled home life in order to become a national champion in 1950s Brisbane. Consistently tormented by his bullying older brother and his alcoholic father Harold (Geoffrey Rush), Tony leaned on his other brother John and his loving mother, Dora (Judy Davis), for support. When Harold grudgingly takes the children to the local pool one day, he discovers Tony and John's very special gift. Soon, both boys are winning tournaments all over the country. Thinking this might be the way into his father's heart, Tony is shocked to discover that his success only sparks more animosity. Harold's notorious mood swings and alcoholism increases as Tony makes his way to the Australian Nationals, forcing Tony to find the strength within himself to become a bona fide champion.
Two of the world's finest actors, Rush and Davis, once again deliver astonishingly assured performances, as does the charming Spencer. Director Russell Mulcahy (RAZORBACK, TALE OF THE MUMMY) boldly devotes as much screen time to the domestic squabbles as he does to the action scenes, which makes SWIMMING UPSTREAM a unique sports picture.