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The Boy in Blue

4.5 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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Nicolas Cage stars as the Canadian oarsman Ned Hanlan whose career as a rower in the 1880's ended in shambles.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Cynthia Dale, Christopher Plummer, David Naughton, Sean Sullivan
  • Directors: Charles Jarrott
  • Writers: Douglas Bowie
  • Producers: John Kemeny, Paulo De Oliveira, Steven North
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BZISW6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Boy in Blue" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
This 1986 film features a very young, buff and brawny, athletic Nicholas Cage in the role of crude Canadian backwoods bootlegger, Ned Hanlan, who turned into a legendary world class rower. Discovered by an amateur oarsman and self styled entrepreneur named Bill (David Naughton), Ned, using a new style of boat with a sliding seat, is propelled to fame when he wins a race in Philadelphia against a heavily favored contender. His win was a total upset, bringing Ned under the scrutiny of a rich man's betting syndicate, headed by a wealthy man named Knox (Christopher Plummer).
Knox, a man used to having his way by any means necessary, makes Bill an offer he can't refuse. Knox then takes over Ned's future and gets him a professional trainer in order to prepare him for major races. In the meantime, Ned and Margaret (Cynthia Dale), Knox's comely niece, begin a flirtation that ultimately turns into a romance after much angst. When Ned finally gets an opportunity to race against the Australian world champion, he discovers to his consternation and dismay just how much faith Knox has in his ability to win. What follows next causes Ned to be banned from racing in the United States.
A chastened Ned, discarded by Knox, returns home and turns to Walter, the man who invented the boat with the sliding seat. He begs Walter to train him, so that he can enter and race in England on the Thames and vindicate himself. Walter really believes in him, so he gets Knox to agree to race his current boy wonder against his, but not before Walter has proffered Knox his life's dream. When the time for the race finally comes, betrayal, treachery, and skulduggery are the keywords of the day.
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Films on rowing are hard to find. This film is a great testament to the hard work it takes to excell at a difficult sport and is quite inspirational! This is a true story of courage and grit. Anyone who likes rowing will enjoy this film.
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Nicolas Cage in The Boy in Blue:
Ok, GET OUT OF HERE!! It’s Nicolas Cage!! This is one of his early movies. I cannot give it anything but 5 Stars! I am the #1, Five Star Fan of Nicolas Cage from the get go!
1986 Drama
Plot:
A real-life story, A wild, uncontrollable youth, Hanlan is adopted by a gambler named Bill, who promotes the boy on the sculling circuit for his own monetary gain. Ruthlessly businessman Knox assumes control of Harlan’s career, but when Ned discovers just how ruthless Knox can be, he casts his lot with the first honest man he has met, inventor-speculator Walter. Harlan’s professional success is capped by his marriage to Margaret, Knox's previously unattainable niece.
Even if you’re not a Nicolas Cage fan, you will enjoy watching this movie.
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The Boy In Blue and excellent portrayal of events occurring at the beginning of the 20th century is a must for all! The DVD arrived at it's destination in good condition.
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This has a great story full of comedy and adventure.
A story of times gone by not realizes by todays generation.
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A fun rare Nic Cage film. This film is slow paced and the street fist fight scenes are not the greatest in chirography, but it was enjoyable. Nic Cage works with Christopher Plummer who gives another fine performance. I enjoyed the rowing scenes and races. If you like Nicolas Cage, you should check this film out. It is much better than the trashy stuff he has been doing in the recent years. Check it out for nostalgic value! It is based on a true story, so check out the real story as well.
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I love this DVD. It came in perfect timing. I like the story, and what's more, I appreciate not being blasted by what the new films (catering to the new generation) calls music. A film that the entire family can enjoy.
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Product arrived on time and was in good condition. Sound quality is a little less than ideal, but I believe that has more to do with the original production than anything else
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