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The Boy in Blue (1986)

Nicolas Cage , Cynthia Dale , Charles Jarrott  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Cynthia Dale, Christopher Plummer, David Naughton, Sean Sullivan
  • Directors: Charles Jarrott
  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BZISW6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Boy in Blue" on IMDb

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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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ENTERTAINING BIOPIC... March 16, 2002
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to find rowing film September 2, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicolas Cage The Boy in Blue December 7, 2012
By MrsRobe
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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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boy In Blue October 1, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie February 28, 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good "Rare" Nicolas Cage Film October 1, 2014
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The love will win agent all the odds! June 11, 2007
The boy in blue is a very simple story so many times seen before, about a distinguished rower, an absolute human marvel in what concerns to employ all his energies in order to compete and win.

As you may expect, there will be a nice girl and an obvious happy ending. It's so predictable that you should realize there' s nothing new under the sun, unless you as me watch it on an executive bus from Valencia to Caracas a Saturday morning. .
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