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Backwards (2012 film)

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Directed byBen Hickernell
Produced bySarah Megan Thomas
Written bySarah Megan Thomas
StarringJames Van Der Beek, Sarah Megan Thomas, Margaret Colin
Music byDavid Torn
CinematographyHarlan Bosmajian
Edited byPhillip Bartell
Distributed byPhase4 Films, DaDaFilms
Release date
September 21, 2012
Running time
89 minutes
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Backwards is a 2012 American sports romance starring Sarah Megan Thomas and James Van Der Beek. The film is directed by Ben Hickernell and written by Sarah Megan Thomas. It is the 1st feature on women's Olympic rowing.[1]

The film was released September 21st in theaters following the 2012 Olympics in which rowing was an event.[2][3]

Real-life Team USA Olympic rowers Megan Kalmoe, Susan Francia and Caryn Davies, who won the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the quadruple sculls event, attended the film's red carpet movie premiere in New York City.

The film received a warm reception from audiences with iTunes reviewers rating it 4 out of 5 stars.[4] The film was referred to as "a must see for sports enthusiasts."[5] The Los Angeles Times praised the film for how it "nicely captures rowing's grace and beauty -- and pain and glory -- against a lovely array of iconic Philadelphia backdrops.... A warm film."[6]

Backwards is rated PG and was awarded the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.[7]

The film was released in 2020 on iTunes and Amazon.[8]


When a fiercely competitive rower fails to make the Olympic team for the second time, she reluctantly takes a coaching job at her former high school. However, adjusting to life off the race course is not easy, when someone else is living your dream. Backwards is a look at the personal sacrifices and complex choices facing competitive Olympic hopefuls.


Sarah Megan Thomas as Abigail Brooks, James Van Der Beek as Geoff, Margaret Colin as Mrs. Brooks, Glenn Moreshower as Coach Spriklin, Alexandra Metz as Hannah.


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  2. "Actress Own Backwards Story Inspires Film". MSNBC. Retrieved 2020-02-29. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. Backwards, retrieved 2020-02-29
  4. ‎Backwards on iTunes, retrieved 2020-02-29
  5. "BACKWARDS - A High Adrenaline Drama Overflowing With Gutsy Determination". Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  6. "Review: 'Backwards' rows along with Sarah Megan Thomas". Los Angeles Times. 2012-09-20. Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  7. "Backwards | Dove Family Friendly Movie Reviews". Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  8. ‎Backwards on iTunes, retrieved 2020-02-29

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