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Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story

4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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The diver wins four Olympic gold medals and learns that he is HIV-positive.

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  • Actors: Mario Lopez, Michael Murphy, Rosemary Dunsmore, Jeffrey Meek, Megan Leitch
  • Directors: Steven Hilliard Stern
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Ariztical
  • DVD Release Date: December 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000E6FMH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,835 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story" on IMDb

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This is a powerful movie showing the life of a man that was very much different than most Americans expected. It brings up many issues hardly talked about in today's society, from homosexuality in sports to living with AIDS. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who is a fan of Greg's or just likes a good movie. I guarantee by the end of the movie, any doubts about Greg's character will have vanished.
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While Mario Lopez and his fellow actors all do a wonderful job, the other "behind-the scenes" folks all excell as well. This is an extremely sensitive, well written, well produced, well directed piece, absolutely 1st class from the 1st note of perfect music to the last fade-out. W-A-Y too good for TV. One of those "gems" which should have found release in theatres!
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This was a very sad story with both tears and joy. Greg's youth was not what I would call perfect, but he made it through. Mario Lopez's portrayal of the famous Olympian was superb! He needs to be recognized for the excellent actor that he is. If I could have given it 10 stars, I would have.
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The film was very well done with great casting. One could easily believe that Mario Lopez really was Greg Louganis; Mario did an excellent job. The photography, with cleverly interwoven footage of the real Olympics, was excellent.

The film does not have an astounding plot filled with either mystery, suspense, romance or intrigue, but that's because it is I believe an accurate recording of a real life and real lives never reach the pinnacle of Hollywood standards.

But it's an overall good film with some valuable life lessons for young men, straight and gay alike. At this point in time it may be a little "dated", but some things never change. Young men today are just as naive and vulnerable as Greg was and just as willing to take dangerous risks which could ruin their futures. Feeling that they are immortal; thinking that they will never get sick and never grow old; thinking that THEY are in control, they make disastrous decisions which impact on the rest of their lives.

The film was tastefully done with no "in your face" sexuality. It does not promote the gay lifestyle at all but simply exposes how much more difficult it is for gay man to succeed than for a straight man, having to expend a lot of valuable energy simply on covering up and hiding and leading a double life.

It's sad that so many talented young people have to stay in the shadows for fear of exposure because society at large does not want anyone to know that a "gentle-man" can be strong, courageous and honorable and can equal or exceed the limits of a straight man. Fortunately, Greg Louganis was not one of the hiders and had the courage to "come out" and make life just a little easier for others.
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I'm going with all the other - 5 star reviewers - OUTSTANDING FILM - Mario Lopez was a Pleasure to Watch and all the supporting actors did a fantastic job as well. This is a Great Film and the talent of all those who worked on this film were clearly evident! Wow

Greg Louganis should inspire us all!
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I was so impressed by Patrick David who played the teenage Greg in this movie. I am hoping to see him in other things as he is a GREAT screen presence. This movie was a heartbreaking yet triumphant look at Greg Louganis. If you haven't seen it, you really should.
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"Breaking The Surface" is a great movie. It brings gay awarness and awarness of HIV/AIDS out into the open. It has a good flow to it and is very well done.
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This movie was great. Mario did a great job portraying Greg Louganis. It was interesting to learn about Greg. I highly recommend watching this movie.
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