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Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story (1997)

Mario Lopez , Michael Murphy , Steven Hilliard Stern  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mario Lopez, Michael Murphy, Rosemary Dunsmore, Jeffrey Meek, Megan Leitch
  • Directors: Steven Hilliard Stern
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • 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 (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000E6FMH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,154 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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Editorial Reviews

This Tells The Story Of Olympic Diver Greg Louganis, From Hislife As A Teenager To The Fallout From His Dramatic High Diveaccident.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Superb Biopic" October 10, 2005
Format:DVD
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SAD STORY BUT MARIO LOPEZ WAS SUPERB! November 5, 2006
Format:DVD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow - what an amazing film - July 16, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see June 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
"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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mario Lopez does a wonderful job June 4, 2001
By Crystal
Format:VHS Tape
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Valuable Life Lessons March 13, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Video Version of the Book
While, of necessity, much briefer than the book upon which it is based, this video engaging and heart wrenching. Read more
Published 2 months ago by GuyMontag
5.0 out of 5 stars a realy good life time movie..
i have been trying to get this movie for a long time now and now it is on dvd,, and i finly find it and now i got it....this is a real good movie ...a good life time movie.. Read more
Published 5 months ago by mesilver
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking the Surface : The Greg Louganis Story
Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis story is a fantastic film. It's a film about courage and determination and how important it is to be yourself even if you are gay.
Published 14 months ago by Peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This is such a tear jerker about a truly accomplished athlete. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.
Published 15 months ago by Wesley Bassett
5.0 out of 5 stars an important piece of history
Just got back from 4 days in San Francisco to celebrate a birthday and 27 years with my partner. Visited the new GLBT History Museum and realized even more than I had imagined how... Read more
Published on April 3, 2011 by S. Lee Haugen
4.0 out of 5 stars relatively good movie
Keeps your interest and entertaining. However, the plot seems to go off track at times and you can tell the story is told one-sided and not objectively.
Published on September 19, 2010 by me
5.0 out of 5 stars Breaking The Surface - DVD
Mario Lopez is so fine in his role as Greg Louganis. Excellent movie with some great acting. Highly recommended for people who enjoy sports and swimming movies.
Published on September 3, 2009 by Matti Kniva Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars TRAGIS STORY - MARIO LOPEZ SUPERB
tHIS MOVIE WHILE VERY SAD AND EMOTIONAL IS SUPER SUPERB. MARIO LOPEZ IS PERFECT AT EVERY GIVEN MOMENT IN EVER FRAME. YOU ACTUALLY BELIEVE YOU ARE WATCHING GREGG NOT MARIO. MR. Read more
Published on August 21, 2008 by Anthony green
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Warming & Life Changing
Definately a 5 star. To this day still a masterpiece in my mind. As others have written this is so well written and acted on all fronts. All the parts were right on the money. Read more
Published on May 18, 2008 by John L. Parkerson
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