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Against the Current (2009)

R | | Drama | 18 January 2009 (USA)
Struggling with a tragic past, a man with an urgent calling enlists two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River.

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Peter Callahan

Writer:

Peter Callahan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Fiennes ... Paul Thompson
Samantha Sherman ... Katie
Pell James ... Amy Thompson
Justin Kirk ... Jeff Kane
Elizabeth Reaser ... Liz Clark
Amy Hargreaves ... Sarah Kane
Martin Shakar ... Boatyard Owner
Avery Glymph ... Fisherman #1
Chad Brigockas Chad Brigockas ... Fisherman #2
Tom O'Rourke ... Dock Man #1
John Rue ... Dock Man #2
Douglas Odell Douglas Odell ... Dock Man #3
Seth Kanor Seth Kanor ... Officer Lefurgy
Mary Tyler Moore ... Liz' Mom
Constance Barron ... Aunt Karen
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Struggling with a tragic past, a man with an urgent calling enlists two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A contracorriente See more »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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| (European Film Market)

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Color
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Mary Tyler Moore's last film. See more »

Quotes

Jeff Kane: We are looking to buy a boat.
Boatyard Owner: You sure can't have one for free... Ha-ha-ha
[laughter, slowing turning into hysterical cough; also declining any help offer with a hand-sign. All shocked, cough lasts for about 20-25 seconds, and at the end, he spits out, saying:]
Boatyard Owner: What kinda boat?
Jeff Kane: [totally confused] What?
Boatyard Owner: What kind of boat you're looking for?
Jeff Kane: Oh... aah... smallest one you got...
Boatyard Owner: Like a canoe?
[laughing, accompanied with small, scary cough]
Paul Thompson: A motor-boat... with a weak motor...
[...]
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Performed by Red House Painters
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Great and Riveting to be sure, but...
19 December 2017 | by dbpizzutoSee all my reviews

I'd say other have covered the ground in reviewing this movie quite nicely, so I'm not going to reaffirm the quiet and rather dark magic you can expect to find here

But I do have one complaint that doesn't reflect on any aspect of the movie aside from some rather inaccurate editing. Let me say I've lived in Poughkeepsie and its environs most all my life. (Poughkeepsie, NY is located 75 north of NYC and 75 south of the Troy Dam where this swim begins.) So, here's the problem: The Hudson IS beautiful, no doubt and it does have tides, but it heads north to south; therefore you're not in Troy in one scene and Hyde Park at 80 miles south the next; you're not in Yonkers about 25 miles north of NYC in one scene and next at the Rondout Light at Kingston about 95 miles north of NYC. (There were many, many such examples throughout the film, and these are not necessarily as the movie might have ordered them.)

So, why do that when all the showing the River in its natural ordering would have no affect on the story line and show off this River as it truly is and most likely most, if not all, reflect the actual filming order. Why? Sorry, just found it annoying having spent 8 years as a limnologist researching the River from Troy to the G. Washington Bridge at NYC.


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