The Coolangatta Gold (1984)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Sports Drama  |   Run Time - 116 min.  |   Countries - Australia  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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Director Igor Auzins and screenwriter Peter Schreck, best known for their work on the Australian film We of the Never Never, were reteamed on Coolangatta Gold. The story takes place on the Gold Coast of Queensland, where for many years a grueling athletic competition has been held. Participants in the "Coolangata Gold" are required to swim, run and surf-ski over a course of 26 miles. Still smarting over losing the contest in 1960, ageing athlete Joe Lucas (Nick Tait) forces his son Adam (Colin Friels) to participate in the "Gold." But though he's up to the challenge, Adam is more interested in charting his own course in life. The film's highlights include an exciting last-lap finale, and an extended guest appearance by real-life Coolangatta Gold champion Grant Kenny.

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love, running, brother, champion, coming-of-age, endurance, family, generation, sibling, sports, triathlon, underdog