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Oxford Blues (1984)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 24 August 1984 (USA)
A young American hustler pursues the girl of his dreams to Oxford, where he must enroll to obtain her.

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Nick De Angelo
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Rona
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Lady Victoria Wingate
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Colin Gilchrist Fisher
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Geordie Nevitts
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Simon Rutledge
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Las Vegas Lady
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Doctor Ambrose
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Peter Howles
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Ian
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Larry
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A young American hustler in Las Vegas spots a rich English Lady. Smitten, he pursues her to England, where his only chance of getting together with her is to enroll in Oxford and join the rowing team. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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He fell in love with a girl and conned his way into Oxford University just to meet her. Now he's learning how to be a winner. See more »

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The word "Isis" heard during the film is a common phrase used at Oxford University for the sport of "rowing" which is featured in the movie. "Isis" is also the name of the student newspaper at the University of Oxford. See more »

Goofs

During the "Matriculation Ceremony", students/extras are seen wearing the undergraduate academic dress, and most are wearing their mortarboards. However, undergraduates at Oxford do not wear their mortarboards on their heads, but instead carry them, as they are not yet holders of their degrees. See more »

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Nick De Angelo: Don't make this a personal thing, Colin.
Colin Gilchrist Fisher: But it *is* personal. Isn't it?
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Oxford Blues
Words and Music by Paul Jabara and Harold Wheeler
Produced by Paul Jabara
(c) 1984 Paul Jabara Music BMI
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Oxford rules
2 August 2016 | by (adelaide, australia) – See all my reviews

Before seeing it, you might paint this movie off as another sex comedy or typical Rob Lowe comedy. I first saw this film in early 2012, 26 years after it's release, and honestly, I could of kicked myself for not seeing it sooner. This movie is more than what you expect, as you think it's just gonna be another comedy, where Rob Lowe is just gonna take the mickey out of this fraternity, what have you but boy, I was blindsided. Lowe plays a sexy selfish hustler, Nick D' Angelo, who cons his way into Oxford, as falling head over heels, with the beautiful Pays, who has proved herself to be a really good actress. Her character, Lady Victoria, is to wed, fine upstanding scholar (Julian Sands) who of course, envious Lowe rages war with. He makes friends with a young nerdy student, a familiar Scum face from years back, and another American girl, Sheedy, who of course, falls for the rejecting Lowe. Lowe is fun to watch, where it's his character which sells the movie, as he really learn's life's hard lessons, that it's give and take, and by the end, becomes a much better person. Why it's not Lowe's best performance, where some will find him inadequate, he does give the character enough clout and pep, and does make us acknowledge, deep down, he's not a happy and fulfilled guy, and Pays is the answer to his problems, his void. With Sheedy's character, I thought she was quite good, but where she fitted into the film, seemed as just some actress that was tagging or wasn't utilized properly in this. Better performances came from Bruce Payne who invites Nick, a fantastic rower onto the rowing team, after an impressive and ballsy move, where too Cary Elwes was hardly recognizable, and using an English accent, I could not believe this very versatile actor was him, as he plays a nasty pasty, and not one of Lowe's favorite admirers. Michael Gough, and Alan Howard (The Cook, The Thief) and some more of the faculty players, give the best performances, the late Gough, a splendid English actor, of course shining, while Howard was really good too. Peter "May'be you prefer a Black Russian?" Jason, with a meagre, if almost non existent part, at the start, as Lowe's father, was very memorable. I cannot believe this has a 5.2 rating. I've seen the movie a couple of times, and I love it, every time, I see it. It's more than just a Brat Pack, teen, "get your pants off" comedy, and this film may very well surprise you. It deserves higher praise, and warrants definite viewing. Go Oxford.


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