Going for Gold (2012)
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Before the 1948 London Olympics, Jack Beresford(James Frain), the English sculling coach, informs Bert Bushnel(Matt Smith) that he has made the team. However, it is not as a single, as Bert has always competed and prefers, but as a double paired with Dickie Burnell(Sam Hoare), who he is not familiar with, with Burnell's father(Geoffrey Palmer) looking closely on. With Bert, a possible distraction arises in the normally comforting presence of his fiancee, Margaret(Sara Vickers). Meanwhile, the organizers are worried about the possibility of not being able to carry off the whole undertaking without asking for help. Based on a true story, "Going for Gold" is an engaging reenactment of an historic event that succeeeds through understatement, especially that of the finely tuned performances. The movie works on both a macro and a micro level, with the struggles of the competitors mirroring those of the government officials. What stands out most about the film is the level of detail from a time when Great Britain was rapidly changing after the war and trying to find a new place in the world.
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