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The year is 1973, and Jim Ellis, a college-educated African-American, can't find a job. Driven by his love of competitive swimming, Jim converts an abandoned recreational pool hall in a Philadelphia slum with the help of Elston, a local janitor. But when city officials mark the new Philadelphia Department of Recreation for demolition, Jim fights back - by starting the city's first African-American swim team. Recruiting troubled teens from the streets, Jim struggles to transform a motley team of novices into capable swimmers - all in time for the upcoming state championships. But as racism, violence and an unsympathetic city official threaten to tear the team apart, Jim must do everything he can to convince his swimmers that victory, both in and out of the pool, is within their reach.
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You will love the soundtrack and the groovy clothes and Afros of the era. Bernie Mack and Terrance Howard have some great moments. Tom Arnold sort of phones it in even for the evil guy.
There's a pretty small pool (ha ha) of swimming movies, so this one floats to the top with bonus points for being a true story. There aren't a lot of surprises; you watch these movies to be inspired.
Only advisory for parents, if it bothers you at all, there's quite a bit of racism portrayed, lots of swimming scenes, so lots of boys in speedos and there is a drug dealer and an invitation for prostitution but it's set in the sixties, so the dress is pretty mild by today's standards. Aside from these few points, I really don't think there's anything a parent would find objectionable. :)
It was a movie with a really positive message.
WHEN HE WAS OLDER HE WAS LOOKING FOR A JOB, THEY WERE VERY FEW AVAILABLE. HOWEVER THERE WAS ONE AT A RUNDOWN RECREATION CENTER FOR YOUTH.
THEY WERE GOING TO CLOSE IT DOWN
HE FOUND THAT THERE WAS A SWIMMING POOL, HE CLEANED IT, FILLED IT, AND BEGAN TO SWIM IN IT EVERY DAY.
BEFORE LONG THEY THE CITY TOOK DOWN THE BASKETBALL HOOP IN FRONT OF THE BLDG. PLAYING BASKETBALL WAS THE ONLY THING THEY WERE DOING.
THEY STARTED TO USE THE POOL. THEY WERE TAUGHT THE DIFFERENT STROKES.
THEY BEGAN TO COMPETE, BUT WERE BOOED BECAUSE THEY WERE BLACK
SOMETHING THEY OVERCAME AND BEGAN TO PROVE THEY WERE BETTER THAN THE WHITES THAT BOOED THEM