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Alex

  • Drama
  • 1993
  • Megan Simpson
  • 92 mins
  • PG

Summary

Drama. New Zealand, 1959: a promising young swimmer must battle set backs, intense rivalry and personal tragedy in her bid to win selection for the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Clearly influenced by the life of Dawn Fraser, who won swimming gold at three consecutive Olympics, this film was released straight to video in Australia. Ken Catran's script piles on the sporting clichés, but director Megan Simpson makes a decent job of capturing both the late 1950s period and the hothouse atmosphere of international competition. As the gangling teen forced to overcome personal tragedies and poolside setbacks to achieve her goal, Lauren Jackson gives a fantastic performance, although she's less convincing as a lovestruck kid than she is as a never-say-die competitor.

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Credits

Cast

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Alex ArcherLauren Jackson
Mr JackChris Haywood
AndyJosh Picker
MaggieCatherine Godbold
Mrs BentonElizabeth Hawthorne
Mr ArcherBruce Phillips
Mrs ArcherMay Lloyd
Mr BentonPatrick Smith (1)
Mr UpjohnGrant Tilly
JournalistGreg Johnson

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DirectorMegan Simpson

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