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EJB190
July 5th, 2012, 03:16 PM
Can anyone recommend any movies about swimming? A movie with entertainment value (drama, documentary, fiction, nonfiction), not like a technical skills video.

I've seen "SwimFan" which is the only one I can really think of. I actually know the lead actress Erika Christensen. It's kind of a creepy movie though.

There's also "The 13th Year", a disney channel movie from the 90's about a middle school boy swimmer who turns into a Merman (male mermaid). I don't think I'd want to watch that again although it might bring back some childhood nostalgia.

I'm sure there are some other good ones out there. Any recommendations?

gobears
July 5th, 2012, 03:24 PM
"Pride" was pretty good. I've never really seen a swimming movie that makes swimming look authentic but it's close.

smontanaro
July 5th, 2012, 03:24 PM
Anything with Esther Williams (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0930565/), though I'm not sure there was ever tons of drama, there was always tons of swimming. :D

bassboneman
July 5th, 2012, 03:42 PM
On A Clear Day is really good. It's about a guy who battles his inner demons by swimming the English Channel.

It was discussed in this previous thread:

Movie "On a Clear Day" Swimming English Channel as part of story line. - U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums

kfuss
July 5th, 2012, 04:28 PM
This is a good one -Swimming Upstream. The movie is set in the 1950s/60s, and here is the review at Amazon.com: "As the target of his father Harold's (Geoffrey 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."

Rob Copeland
July 5th, 2012, 04:29 PM
Swimming Upstream 2005
The Swimmer 1968 (Burt Lancaster)
Dangerous When Wet 1953 (Ester Williams)

orca1946
July 6th, 2012, 12:33 AM
On the "do not watch " list OPEN WATER !!!! :badday:

knelson
July 6th, 2012, 01:07 AM
Swimming Upstream is really good. I second or third the recommendation.

Queen
July 6th, 2012, 08:12 AM
The Guardian Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher, it's about Coast Guard rescue swimmers. LOTS of swimming in it.

pwb
July 6th, 2012, 08:31 AM
The Swimmer 1968 (Burt Lancaster)
I'll second that. Though not a movie, I just read Lynn Scherr's Swim: Why We Love the Water (Amazon.com: Swim: Why We Love the Water (9781610390460): Lynn Sherr: Books), which has some nice history of swimming, including a list of movies where swimming favors prominently.

Celestial
July 6th, 2012, 10:22 AM
I have to agree with The Guardian. It is totally awesome - In fact I have a friend who based her last doctorate on that movie (motivating Coast Guard rescue swimmers) and now this is her job.

tjrpatt
July 6th, 2012, 12:53 PM
There was this one supernatural film with a good amount of swimming. I think that the one character used his powers to beat his competitors or something. It was set in a private school.

SwimFan sucked because it is unrealistic for a swimmer to have a stalker. When was Erika Christensen's character when I was in high school. In high school, the soccer and football players only had stalkers.

Pride was good movie. After seeing Jim Ellis at a meet 2 weeks ago, I just can't picture Terrance Howard playing him.

Rob Copeland
July 6th, 2012, 01:53 PM
There was this one supernatural film with a good amount of swimming. I think that the one character used his powers to beat his competitors or something. It was set in a private school.Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Go Fish"???

Xander goes undercover on the Sunnydale swim team after two members are seemingly eaten, leaving only their skins. Their coach has been giving them steroids combined with fish DNA, which turns them into sea monsters. Buffy confronts the coach, and he is killed by the swim-team sea monsters.

ElaineK
July 6th, 2012, 02:01 PM
I'll second that. Though not a movie, I just read Lynn Scherr's Swim: Why We Love the Water (Amazon.com: Swim: Why We Love the Water (9781610390460): Lynn Sherr: Books (http://www.amazon.com/Swim-Why-We-Love-Water/dp/1610390466)), which has some nice history of swimming, including a list of movies where swimming favors prominently.

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tjrpatt
July 6th, 2012, 02:45 PM
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Go Fish"???

Xander goes undercover on the Sunnydale swim team after two members are seemingly eaten, leaving only their skins. Their coach has been giving them steroids combined with fish DNA, which turns them into sea monsters. Buffy confronts the coach, and he is killed by the swim-team sea monsters.

I remember that Buffy episode. It was some movie that did pretty well at the box office but didn't have any stars. Whoever did the swimming had a good stroke.


You have to add Dolphin Tale to a movie about swimming. There was a backstory with the main character's cousin who was a star swimming before going to war and getting some leg injury. I only watched the last hour of the film on cable.

JWes
July 6th, 2012, 03:36 PM
There was this one supernatural film with a good amount of swimming. I think that the one character used his powers to beat his competitors or something. It was set in a private school.

I think the name of the movie was The Covenant.

selkie
July 6th, 2012, 04:50 PM
Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Go Fish"???

Xander goes undercover on the Sunnydale swim team after two members are seemingly eaten, leaving only their skins. Their coach has been giving them steroids combined with fish DNA, which turns them into sea monsters. Buffy confronts the coach, and he is killed by the swim-team sea monsters.

They actually mentioned Gertrude Ederle in that episode. I really think there was a former swimmer on the Buffy production staff at that time because it seemed like the episode had a lot of shout outs and references to the East German doping abuses.

tjrpatt
July 6th, 2012, 09:23 PM
I think the name of the movie was The Covenant.

Now, yep, that was the name. I was too lazy to search for it earlier.

EJB190
July 6th, 2012, 09:30 PM
I watched "Pride" last night because I could get it instantly on Amazon's OnDemand with my prime account. I've gotta say I never really watched a lot of TV until I got a Smart TV and I can watch everything on demand.

It was ok. It was predictable and was basically the same story as those feel good sports movies. Just substitute swimming in for football or basketball. It held my attention though, which is good because most shows don't which is why I never watch TV. It didn't make sense that the team had like 6 swimmers and everyone they were competing against had like 25, yet somehow they won.

I'm glad all of you are up on your Buffy the Vampire Slayer knowledge. I actually had to watch a presentation about Irish themes in BTVS by my classmates in an Irish-American elective (vampires apparently come from ireland originally). I couldn't stop laughing during the presentation. A. it was just ridiculous and B. statements like "when vampire and a mortal have a baby, it's a vampire, but if you vampires have a baby, its a moral" and "it's actually really hard for vampires to procreate" were hilarious because it was said as if it was scientific fact. C. Something about how the boy vampire is 300 years old but his soul is controlled by someone else and he somehow get it back. I almost got thrown out because I my laughing got other people laughing. Once I start I can't stop either.

EJB190
July 7th, 2012, 12:00 AM
Also, in reference to "Pride", at the end when they swim the relay, I believe they referred to it was 4x50 meters. It was actually a 4x100 because I believe they were in a 50 meter long course pool.