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Big River Man (2009)



Critic Consensus: Big River Man offers uniquely absorbing insight into a larger-than-life eccentric.

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Eccentric Slovenian endurance swimmer Martin Strel attempts to swim the Amazon.


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Critic Reviews for Big River Man

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (6)

Strel is one strange duck, and you can only wonder that Werner Herzog, with his fondness for captivating weirdos, didn't get to him first.

May 27, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An odd and irresistible documentary about Slovenian strongman Martin Strel and his quest, at 52, to be the first man to swim 5,268 kilometres of the Amazon River.

December 18, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As his attention to detail and beauty shots prove, Mr. Maringouin has a terrific eye: he brings you close to Mr. Strel, sometimes within panting distance, without forgetting the larger, lovelier world.

December 4, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

The real drama lies in the sweetly twisted symbiosis between this likable, infuriating wreck of a man and his devoted son and publicist.

December 2, 2009 | Full Review…

A nonfiction Fitzcarraldo.

December 2, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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If Werner Herzog had made 'Borat', the results might have been something like this documentary about the unusual athletic overachiever Martin Strel.

September 4, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Big River Man

So why on earth do we not know about Martin Strel outside of this film? He is likely one of the most fascinating people that you will encounter. An overweight alcoholic who somehow manages to find the endurance to swim major rivers. The tale is marvellous.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Great doc about Martin Strel, an endurance swimmer who attempts to swim the amazon.  Narrated by his son, the film takes an unexpected turn into madness as Martin spends day after day swimming.  His navigator Matt is the perfect Dennis Hopper from Apocalypse Now.

Christopher  Brown
Christopher Brown

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