The Boy in Blue (1986)





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To fully appreciate Boy in Blue, it's helpful to know a little bit about the sport of "sculling"-or competitive rowing. Nicolas Cage stars as the real-life Ned Hanlan, who at the turn of the century was Canada's foremost sculling champ. A wild, uncontrollable youth, Hanlan is "adopted" by a gambler named Bill (David Naughton), who promotes the boy on the sculling circuit for his own monetary gain. Ruthlessly businessman Knox (Christopher Plummer) assumes control of Hanlan's career, but when Ned discovers just how ruthless Knox can be, he casts his lot with the first honest man he's met, inventor-speculator Walter (Sean Sullivan). Hanlan's professional success is capped by his marriage to Margaret (Cynthia Dale), Knox's previously unattainable niece. The by-the-numbers Boy in Blue was given an R rating due to a few disposable sex scenes, thereby cutting its potential audience (hero-worshipping youths) in half.
R (adult situations/language, nudity)
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Nicolas Cage
as Ned Hanlan
Cynthia Dale
as Margaret
Sean Sullivan
as Walter
James Douglas
as Collins
J.B. Douglas
as Collins
Austin Willis
as Bainbridge
Philip Craig
as Kinnear
Robert McCormick
as Trickett
Tim Weber
as Cooney
Geordie Johnson
as Bothwell
Brian Thorne
as Plaisted
Don MacQuarrie
as Temp Leader
James Edmond
as Chairman
Greg Swanson
as Oscar Hale
Gerald Isles
as Butler
Aidan Devine
as Junior Cop
Bruce McFee
as Ship Steward
Doris Malcolm
as Aunt Gert
Ian D. Clark
as Aussie
Dan Hennessey
as American Reporter
Aiden Devine
as Junior Cop
Bob Bainborough
as Boston Betting Clerk
John Dunn-Hill
as Riley Tout
Germain Beauchamp
as Photographer
Philip Neilson
as 2nd Brahmin
Dan Hennessy
as American Reporter
Eric Fink
as Hawker for Dr. Morse
Patrick Sinclair
as Philly Referee
Elizabeth Rukavina
as Philly Barmaid
Ian Heath
as Boy on Steamer
Jain Dickson
as Suffragette
Claude Rae
as Boston Bettor
Peter Peer
as Prison Turnkey
Doug Lennox
as Knox's Pug
Dave de Sanctis
as Philly Thug
Ken Rogers
as Philly Thug
Roger McKeen
as McCoy Man No. 1
Barry Edward Blake
as Philly Thug
Phil Neilson
as 2nd Brahmin
Anne Farquhar
as High Class Girl
Paul Craig Jennings
as English Judge
Teddy Donville
as Betting Runner
Gorman Miller
as Hanlan Fan
Diane Hollingsworth
as Alley Tart
John Cain
as Aussy
Roger A. McKeen
as McCoy Man #1
Kim Coates
as McCoy Man #2
Ted Dykstra
as Hanlan Man #1
Michel Perron
as Hanlan Man #2
Dan Hennessy
as American Reporter
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A wonderful real story of a famous sculler. Nicolas Cage is fabulous as always. the story is alive and passionate. Overall a good film.

rosina cleland
rosina cleland

A slow flick with a decent story that is ruined by incredibly cheesy dialog and a very '80s soundtrack.

Luke Holzmann
Luke Holzmann

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