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Youngblood (1986)




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The fast-paced, and sometimes brutal world of ice hockey provides the setting for this exciting, adolescent-oriented chronicle of a naive, and almost too pacifistic, farm boy's determination to become a champion on the ice. Complicating matters is his love for the coach's lovely daughter.


Rob Lowe
as Dean Youngblood
Cynthia Gibb
as Jessie Chadwick
Patrick Swayze
as Derek Sutton
Ed Lauter
as Coach Murray Chadwick
Jim Youngs
as Kelly Youngblood
Eric Nesterenko
as Blane Youngblood
Fionnula Flanagan
as Miss McGill
Ken James
as Frazier
Walker Boone
as Assistant Coach
Martin Donlevy
as Referee Hannah
Harry Spiegel
as Thunder Bay Coach
Rod Sapiensze
as Thunder Bay Assistant Coach
Bruce Edwards
as Thunder Bay Trainer
Jain Dickson
as Bar Girl
Barry Swatik
as Starting Guard
Murray Evans
as Linesman
Jay Hanks
as Young Fan
Greg Salter
as Young Fan
Charlie Wasley
as Young Dean
Ricky Davis
as Young Kelly
Joe Bowen
as Radio Announcer
Peter Zezel
as Hamilton Mustang
Kevin Hunter
as Hamilton Mustang
Neil Trineer
as Hamilton Mustang
Steve Thomas
as Hamilton Mustang
Jules Jardine
as Hamilton Mustang
David B. Sharp
as Hamilton Mustang
Jeff Palmateer
as Hamilton Mustang
Tim Salmon
as Hamilton Mustang
Brian Meharry
as Hamilton Mustang
Mark Laniel
as Hamilton Mustang
Nick Calabrese
as Hamilton Mustang
John Coranci
as Hamilton Mustang
Claudic Russo
as Hamilton Mustang
Bruno Pullara
as Hamilton Mustang
Kevin Robinson
as Hamilton Mustang
Rob Watson
as Hamilton Mustang
Dave Mezzaros
as Hamilton Mustang
Davin Kimber
as Hamilton Mustang
James Richmond
as Thunder Bay Bomber
Gerry Iuliano
as Thunder Bay Bomber
Steve Torkos
as Thunder Bay Bomber
Vito Cramarosa
as Thunder Bay Bomber
Sebastiani Bianchi
as Thunder Bay Bomber
Paul Cavalini
as Thunder Bay Bomber
Andy Gribble
as Thunder Bay Bomber
Johnny Braybrook
as Thunder Bay Bomber
Frank Cini
as Young Fan
Don Campbell
as Thunder Bay Bomber
Rick Dibiase
as Thunder Bay Bomber
Steve Trearty
as Thunder Bay Bomber
Fred Fioruni
as Thunder Bay Bomber
Michael Winger
as Thunder Bay Bomber
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Critic Reviews for Youngblood

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Youngblood runs out of gas halfway through the first period.

June 12, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Is no masterpiece, but it's a definite slice of eighties cheese that delivers on action, engaging characters, and a kick ass final showdown that I had fun with.

August 15, 2014 | Full Review…
Cinema Crazed

So gay that it's almost possible to see the film as a comment that the real audience for movies like this are pre-sexual little boys and homosexual big boys.

August 7, 2007 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
Film Freak Central

Its advocacy of violence as the only way to victory is nothing to cheer about.

August 25, 2004 | Rating: 1/5
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Audience Reviews for Youngblood


I saw this sports romance movie on TV about a month ago, and I thought it was pretty good, especially with the two hot stars Lowe and Swayze, but it could've been better, less predictable, I mean.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


It's really 80s oriented and completely ridiculous half of the time, but there's a really good story within it as well. Rob Lowe parades around as the ultimate beefcake and Brat Pack star at the time, learning from the wise ways of Patrick Swayze. I think it's accessible to people that like sports movies and also people that don't like them because it's just as much a coming of age and love story.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Youngblood is a by-the-numbers sports story, of the "underdog youth makes good" variety. Within this framework, the actual sports change from film to film, and sometimes the stories are about a team rather than one individual, but the basic curve of excitement never changes. The newcomer needs to excel because sports are his ticket out of a life of drudgery. The budding star has talent, but is missing some key ingredient which holds him back. After a few initial successes, he is thwarted by an evil entity. Sometimes the obstacle is a player on another team, other times an injury, sometimes the problem lies within himself. In the course of the film the youngster overcomes the problem, defeats the nemesis, gets the girl, and wins the big game in time for the credits to roll over the applause. In this case, Youngblood is a young American hockey player who sees the sport he loves as his only way out of a lifetime of farming or mill work. His older brother had the same dream, but an injury permanently took him out of the sport, and now the younger brother has been given a chance. He must overcome two obstacles: a thug on the other championship contender, and his own dislike of fighting. To make his challenge even tougher, he meets a girl (Cynthia Gibb) right after joining his first professional team, and she turns out to be the coach's only daughter, which doesn't please the coach. Well, we all know the formula, so the rest of the film is predictable, but I really enjoyed this film. I basically like this formula to begin with, and it helps when the film is about a sport you kinda enjoy and/or know something about. In the end, however, it is not the familiar story, but the unique execution that makes this kind of picture succeed or fail. In this case, the characters are all likeable, the hockey action is believable, and the film even managed a couple of serious themes. Best of all, the film is liberally sprinkled with humor. An easy watch.

David Ladd
David Ladd

Super Reviewer

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