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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."

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Cast

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Margaret
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Knox
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James B. Douglas ...
Collins
Walter Massey ...
Mayor
Austin Willis ...
Bainbridge
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Kinnear
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Trickett
Tim Weber ...
Cooney
George E. Zeeman ...
Cop
Geordie Johnson ...
Andrew Bothwell
Brian Thorne ...
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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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Biography | Drama | Sport

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17 January 1986 (USA)  »

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La race des champions  »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 7,716,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$94,261 (USA) (19 January 1986)

Gross:

$275,000 (USA)
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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

Ciribiribin
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Music by Alberto Pestalozza
Arranged by Judy 'Lucky' Kemeny
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"Educational" stodge, with a couple bright spots
25 October 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Rocky meets Canadian Heritage Minutes, so be thankful that it's not absolutely unwatchable. The underdog-friendly class consciousness is pervasive and fitfully amusing, although it's schematic and sentimental as well. Heroic rowing star/bootlegger Nicolas Cage is his usual dopey, wooden, charming self, and he has some lively moments, especially when he comes into conflict with the starched shirt types. Christopher Plummer's villainous manager is nothing to write home about, but even he transcends this material; in all other cases the costumes and hair seem to be doing all the acting. The frantically underlined Careful Research, and the general odor of educational intent, smother the valiant gestures at comedy, and the pricey period detail of the production design is wholly undermined by a dramatic arc that is pure 1980s bootstrap trash.


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