Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Colin Ferguson, Leslie Hope, Peter Murnik, James Hyndman, Michiko Hada
Director: Masato Harada
Genres: Drama, Sports
Based on a true story. A top sculler is the favorite to capture the gold medal in the 1980 moscow olympics. He willingly sacrifices everything -career marriage the chance for a normal life. Tragedy strikes as president car... more »
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D. Kolton | The Great Northwest | 05/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"A darn good movie by any stretch. Yes, like the reviews below, the rowers "could" have been better. And yes, this is a sort-of tribute to Tiff Woods let's-film-The Amateurs-in-video. But really, it is so much more. For non-rowers, or those of lesser skills than enthusiasm (like me) it is a beautiful art-book-on-film complete with emotions. And given the few films out there on rowing, I would say the director did an admirable job. Certainly if you have non-rowing friends you wouldn't be ashamed to screen them this film to give them some sense of what the sport is all about. And compared to Oxford Blues, this is a visual and acting masterpiece! Don't let the hard-core rowers turn you off on this film."
Xeno Muller | 01/16/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"My name is XENO and I took part as an extra in the movie.
Once I sat through the movie, I can safely say that Rowing Through is deadly boring. The movie drags on for ever. To us rowers, it is a known fact, that rowing skills shown by actors in motion pictures are mostly horrible. (The only capable actors were M.Streep and G. Davis.) Besides having made some pocket change back then as an extra, I am VERY HAPPY that NO ONE (in the small world of rowing) can tell that I was even remotely part of this failed attempt to portray a phenomenal Olympic effort.
Read "The Amateurs" instead
John Mason | Creve Coeur, MO United States | 09/08/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I guess things must balance out for Tiff Wood. After having his Olympic efforts being beautifully chronicled by David Halberstam in "The Amateurs", he is portrayed as a childish, selfish buffoon in this pointless movie. The novice level rowing aside, this movie makes "Oxford Blues" look like "Chariots of Fire" or "Breaking Away" as far as a well made, inspiring sports movie. Unfortunately, I know of no decent rowing movie that has been made. "A Fine Balance" by Brad Lewis is a very good film but it is a documentary.
To summarize, the rowing is terrible, one develops no affection for any of the characters, and the historical facts are skimmed over. Brad Lewis, the only main character in Halberstam's book to win an Olympic gold medal, is mentioned only as "Paul Enquist's partner". I consider Mr. Lewis one of the lucky ones in this regard. Save your money and read the book instead. Or you can have my DVD copy for free."
Not quite so flawed
Matt F | Chicago, IL USA | 04/06/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Certainly the actors had less than perfect rowing form. And this does limit the amount of footage of edit-free rowing that can be shown. However I was surprised that they found actors who could row at all. And I was also pleasantly surprised at the professional level of film making in terms of photography, sound, editing and acting. Since this is the only dramatization of rowing that I am aware of it is easily recommended. Highly evocative of the colors, sounds and feel of the sport. So overall authenticity (given the actors marginal rowing skills) is preserved.If I wanted to watch rowing skills I can put in a VHS of the Olympics or maybe last years IRAs. I think the producer / director of "Rowing Through" had other intentions."