Best movie before big swim?

After months of training, it is finally the night before the big swim. The feed bottles are ready and the bag is packed. Time to sit and watch an inspirational movie! Does anyone have any favorites? Last year on the night before 8 Bridges I watched "On a Clear Day" about a guy who loses his job and decides to swim the English Channel. It was great, but kind of sad too. Perhaps a non swimming movie like "Rocky", "Cinderella Man" (true story of depression era boxer) or "Miracle" (1980 USA Hockey team)?


  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin

    Chariots of Fire!

  • david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member

    Man on a wire Birdie Moby Dick Fitzcaraldo Big Fan

    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  • j9swimj9swim CharlestonSenior Member

    Last year before 8 Bridges I went and saw Finding Dory for inspiration, this year I'm going with Wonder Woman. Not sure how this will work out...I'm a lot more like Dory than WW

  • slknightslknight Member

    Jaws. :))

  • wendyv34wendyv34 Vashon, WASenior Member

    I was going to say "anything but Jaws..."


    It's always a bad hair day when you work at a pool.

  • JaimieJaimie NYCMember


  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member

    Vision Quest

  • rosemarymintrosemarymint Ventnor, NJCharter Member

    If you are about to swim near the border of Canada, I strongly recommend NOT watching the South Park movie. Otherwise, you'll be mentally singing Blame Canada the entire bloody swim and your kayaker will think you are absolutely off your rocker. Not that I know from experience or anything...

  • suesue Member

    Galaxy Quest- never give never surrender and RUDY

  • wendyv34 said: I was going to say "anything but Jaws..."

    and Open Water

  • NiccNicc TennesseeMember

    Something about Wonder Woman crossing No Man's Land felt very OWS to me. Step by step by step, each one a victory that the average man would never even contemplate attempting...

    Of course, that's partly on the brain for me because of my swim on Saturday. In my landlocked city, my favorite place to swim is the river. This week, despite the calm weather we've had for weeks, there were a ton of branches in the water, as if we'd had a big storm that downed lots of trees. Whenever I found myself swimming through a bunch of tree jetsam and adapting my stroke to push it out of my way, I couldn't help imagine my hands were Wonder Woman's shield with bullets bouncing off of it. Silly, but it helped me take an annoyance and create a moment that felt powerful.

  • SpacemanspiffSpacemanspiff Dallas, TexasSenior Member

    swimmer25k said: Vision Quest

    Greatness! My son got really into wrestling this past year. So for Christmas, I bought a Vision Quest DVD. I failed to notice the "R" Rating or otherwise recall the "romantic" aspects of the movie. Other than that, it was fun to introduce my son to this great movie from my generation!

    "Lights go out and I can't be saved Tides that I tried to swim against Have brought be down upon my knees Oh I beg, I beg and plead..."

  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsCharter Member

    Some bed wrestling? Can't do much harm. B-) - Cold, wind, waves, sunburn, currents, jellyfish and flotsam! Hop in and join the fun!

  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member

    Niek said: Some bed wrestling? Can't do much harm. B-)

    You can pull a hammy.

  • swimmer25k said:

    Niek said: Some bed wrestling? Can't do much harm. B-)

    You can pull a hammy.

    What, even doing a solo?! ;) :)

  • SeaGreenSeaGreen Member
    edited June 15

    Song of the Sea
    Blue Crush
    Finding Nemo

  • phodgeszohophodgeszoho UKSenior Member

    Apocalypse Now or William Friedkin's Sorcerer ;-)

  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member

    gregorywannabe said:

    swimmer25k said:

    Niek said: Some bed wrestling? Can't do much harm. B-)

    You can pull a hammy.

    What, even doing a solo?! ;) :)

    Especially as a solo. I'm into the rough stuff.

  • CamilleCamille Member

    I remember watching Rudy on the bus to an NCAA meet in college, I told my Coach-" wow, I am so inspired I think I need to transfer to Notre Dame!" - oh the bus trips :-)

    I LOVE the movie the Legend of Bagger Vance, I still love to watch that before a big meet or swim. I don't know why but so many of the lines transfer to swimming. And it reminds me of my biggest fan my Dad- who still comes to everything to cheer me on!

    David W, I hope you found some inspiration and had a great race and a new story to tell.

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