Immortalizing an obscure event
J. A. Eyon | Seattle - USA | 01/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Rabid Canadian patriotism can't take the fun out of this fast-moving film freely adapted from a real-life event: the 1954 contest to be the first to swim across Lake Ontario.
Hell, I'd swim Lake Ontario just to get at ultra-talented and super-cute Caroline Dhavernas (dah-ver-na) who plays Marilyn Bell -- whose 21-hour conquest of the lake and the weather and the limits of human endurance unquestionably demonstrates 'heart'.
The campy bits with the typical anti-American caricature may not work for some, but for me, it took the edge off the melodrama of the story. Just don't expect historical accuracy, such as Marilyn's missing years with the swimming club before the crossing, and the unmentioned other swimmer who attempted the crossing and didn't make it (she was Canadian and it seems only Americans are allowed to be shown failing)."