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The Boy in Blue (1986)

Based on the life of Ned Hanlan, the late-19th century Canadian sculler and world champion. Hanlan was one of the first scullers to successfully utilize the "sliding seat."

Director:

Charles Jarrott

Writer:

Douglas Bowie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Ned Hanlan
Cynthia Dale ... Margaret
Christopher Plummer ... Knox
David Naughton ... Bill
Sean Sullivan ... Walter
Melody Anderson ... Dulcie
James B. Douglas James B. Douglas ... Collins
Walter Massey Walter Massey ... Mayor
Austin Willis Austin Willis ... Bainbridge
Philip Craig ... Kinnear
Robert McCormick ... Trickett
Tim Weber Tim Weber ... Cooney
George E. Zeeman George E. Zeeman ... Cop
Geordie Johnson Geordie Johnson ... Andrew Bothwell
Brian Thorne Brian Thorne ... Plaisted
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Based on the life of Ned Hanlan, the late-19th century Canadian sculler and world champion. Hanlan was one of the first scullers to successfully utilize the "sliding seat." Written by Greg Doyle

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La race des champions See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 7,716,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$94,261, 19 January 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$275,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The steamship that appears throughout in the film, the RMS Segwun, is the oldest operating steamship in North America. Originally known as the Nipissing, it was first commissioned in 1887. As of this writing (November 2006) The RMS Segwun is still running strong and is based year-round on Lake Muskoka in Gravenhurst Ontario, Canada. See more »

Soundtracks

What A Friend We Have In Jesus
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Crozat Converse
Arranged by Judy 'Lucky' Kemeny
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A movie about sculling... Not because we wanted it but because we needed it
15 September 2017 | by guywhoactsSee all my reviews

The Boy in Blue may not have had the sexiest tag line: Hanlan was one of the first scullers to successfully utilize the "sliding seat."

But hey, there are a lot of movies that don't sound great on paper but in execution, they're something special.

This film is special. You can feel the intensity in Nic Cage's eyes. He takes you on a journey you will not soon forget.

And who can forget such classic lines such as 'This is making me sick wearing these monkey suits', and 'Get up, Harvard man!'

It's impossible to see anybody else in this role.

10/10


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