Source: Catholic News Service
Alternately inspiring and sordid true story of Australian swimming champion Tony Fingleton, who grew up with a brutish, alcoholic father (Geoffrey Rush), and a loving, supportive mother (Judy Davis). Russell Mulcahy's film, with a script by Fingleton himself (based on a book written with his sister, Diane), features superb performances by Rush and Davis, but the former's character is so unpleasantly -- if realistically -- drawn that the steady pattern of drunken violence, unaccountable malice toward his son, and abuse toward the wife seriously compromise the uplifting aspects of the story. Many scenes of domestic violence, heavy drinking, a smattering of rough and crude language, a suicide attempt and some sexual references. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
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