Back on Board: Greg Louganis

2014

Back on Board: Greg Louganis (2014)

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An intimate portrait of an American legend, BACK ON BOARD Greg Louganis, is a feature-length documentary that tells the life story of this four-time Olympic Champion as he returns to diving after a long period of absence. BACK ON BOARD explores the captivating, compelling, and complicated life of an Olympic star whose athletic talent sparked a worldwide fascination with diving. Part biography, part social exploration - this film reveals Louganis' evolution from childhood diving prodigy to Olympic champion, and from pioneering openly gay athlete with HIV to a sometimes forgotten sports icon. BACK ON BOARD is an engrossing story about an American legend. (c) Official Site

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Anyone who doubts that documentaries can have as much dramatic and emotional power as the best narrative films should see the Greg Louganis doc, Back on Board.

Aug 5, 2015 | Full Review…

There is something poignant about the footage of Louganis now (or really, a couple of years ago), making public appearances to scrape by, and finding his way back to a sport he dominated after having removed himself from it.

Aug 4, 2015 | Full Review…
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Back on Board: Greg Louganis is a plainly told but powerful documentary about [Louganis'] life.

Aug 4, 2015 | Full Review…

The film relies too heavily on a manipulated structure involving the potential loss of the house, but in the end, that doesn't detract from our sympathy for Louganis.

Jul 30, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

...an absorbing and, in the end, typically American story of perseverance through adversity.

Feb 7, 2016 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Furjanic shows a keen sense of how to structure Louganis' failures alongside his dramatic victories for maximum impact, as well as making poignant personal-is-political statements about evolving views of homosexuality.

Aug 6, 2015 | Full Review…

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