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Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story.

If you're expecting Breaking the

Surface: The Greg Louganis Story to

be the male version of 1995's classy

telefilm Serving m Silence: The

Margarethe Cammermeyer Story,

expect the worst. Debuting March 19

on the USA cable network, this tawdry

made-for-TV version of


autobiography is an

undignified retelling

of the Olympian's


The film traces

Louganis's life,

from his childhood

as the adopted son

of an abusive

father (Michael

Murphy) through

his struggle as the

victim of an

abusive lover (Jeff

Meek). In between

these tragic landmarks

are the diver's acknowledgment of his

homosexuality and the discovery of

his own HIV-positive status.

Three actors play the diver at

various stages of his life, with Saved by

the Bell's Mario Lopez as the adult

Greg. Lopez is believable in the role, if

only because of his near-perfect build

and a vocal cadence that eerily mimics

Louganis's. But the actor's strengths

can't carry the film.

Directed by Steven Stem, Surface

cuts back and forth between authentic

Olympic footage of the real Louganis

to fictional footage of Louganis's

movie parents applauding him from

the grandstands. It's totally

unconvincing and one of the cheesiest

displays of editing ever broadcast on

television. Of course, editing alone

could not have saved this amateurish

project. But if none of this bothers

you, dive in.
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Author:Frutkin, Alan
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Television Program Review
Date:Apr 1, 1997
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