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This made-for-TV bio-pic is about Marilyn Bell, a Canadian teenager who, in 1954, was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario. She won the Toronto Canadian National Exhibition prize after Florence Chadwick, a then-famous American swimmer who was widely expected to win, dropped out in the middle of the race. Half of this heart-warming movie is devoted to the 21 hour swim in which the 16-year old Bell is exhorted by her pushy coach Gus Ryder not to give up.Written by
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The film omits Winnie Roach, the third swimmer who attempted the crossing of Lake Ontario at the same time as Flo Chadwick and Marilyn Bell. Like Chadwick, Roach also dropped out of the race early on. See more »
If you're sentimental, this is a real tear jerker!
One does not have to be from or live in Canada to love this movie. It is a great story about the desire and resolve of a dedicated 16-year old girl during a time when it was not fashionable. Having grown up during the 50's it was refreshing to view such realistic costumes and authentic looking scenic backgrounds. For what its worth, I highly recommend children and adults alike view this film. It is currently being shown on Showtime (cable) during December 2001. The film's players were great and excellently portrayed thier roles.
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