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Summary: Abigail Brooks has spent her lifetime trying to win an Olympic rowing medal, sacrificing friendship, love, and a "normal life" along the way. When she is named an alternate on the Olympic team she quits in haste. Defeated, Abi moves back home with her widowed, workaholic mother. Tension builds as Abi's mother urges her to "move on" from the rowing life that Abi's father, a coach, introduced her to. Unable to do so, but needing an immediate job, Abi seizes an open crew coach position at her alma mater, Union High. There, the head of athletics is her old boyfriend, Geoff. Abi trains her high school rowers in an obsessive fashion, taking two girls, Hannah and Susan, under her wing. After the girls lose an important regional race, Abi reinvents herself as a coach, and, in the process, learns to have fun again both on the water and off. Backwards is an intimate look at the personal sacrifices and complex choices facing competitive Olympic hopefuls. It is also a film about dreams -- young adults pursuing their dreams... and finding that sometimes a missed opportunity can become an introduction to an entire new life. (DADA Films)

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Runtime: 89 min
Rating: Rated PG for some mild language
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Production: 13th Night Productions
Genres: Sport, Romance
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Dec 11, 2012
Director Credit
Ben Hickernell Director
Writer Credit
Sarah Megan Thomas Writer
Principal Cast Credit
Glenn Morshower Coach Spriklin
James Van Der Beek Geoff
Margaret Colin Mrs. Brooks
Sarah Megan Thomas Abi Brooks
Cast Credit
Alexandra Metz Hannah
Alysia Reiner Meghan
Armen Badkerhanian Bartender
Brea Bee Giselle
Brian Cheng Loud Cashier
David Alan Basche Cox
Ellis Walding Preston
Glenn Morshower Coach Spriklin
James Van Der Beek Geoff
Jennette Daley Kelsey
Margaret Colin Mrs. Brooks
Meredith Apfelbaum Susan
Nicole Colina Rude Waitress
Sarah Megan Thomas Abi Brooks
Wynn Everett Reba
Producer Credit
Alysia Reiner Associate Producer
Brian David Cange Line Producer
David Hoffman Co-Producer
Katie McNabb Co-Producer
Sarah Megan Thomas Producer
Tony Schneider Co-Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: