5.4/10
916
11 user 3 critic

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:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

3 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Valley Girl (1983)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Julie, a girl from the valley, meets Randy, a punk from the city. They are from different worlds and find love. Somehow they need to stay together in spite of her trendy, shallow friends.

Director: Martha Coolidge
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman, Elizabeth Daily
Comedy | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

On her deathbed, a mother makes her son promise never to get married, which scars him with psychological blocks to a commitment with his girlfriend. They finally decide to tie the knot in ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Bergman
Stars: James Caan, Nicolas Cage, Sarah Jessica Parker
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1942 California, two young men await induction into the U.S. Marines and say goodbye to their girlfriends.

Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Sean Penn, Elizabeth McGovern, Nicolas Cage
Fire Birds (1990)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Elite Apache helicopter pilots are tasked with destroying powerful armed drug cartels operating in South America.

Director: David Green
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee Jones, Sean Young
Deadfall (1993)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

After he accidentally kills his father, Mike, during a sting, Joe tries to carry out Mike's dying wish by recovering valuables that Mike's twin brother Lou stole from him years earlier. But... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Coppola
Stars: Michael Biehn, Sarah Trigger, Nicolas Cage
Birdy (1984)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After two friends return home from the Vietnam War one becomes mentally unstable and obsesses with becoming a bird.

Director: Alan Parker
Stars: Matthew Modine, Nicolas Cage, John Harkins
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Residents of a friendly Pennsylvania town foil three brothers' plan to rob a bank on Christmas Eve.

Director: George Gallo
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey
Guarding Tess (1994)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A former U.S. First Lady wants a particular Secret Service agent to head her bodyguard detail, even though he can't stand her.

Director: Hugh Wilson
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Nicolas Cage, Austin Pendleton
Red Rock West (1993)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Upon arriving to a small town, a drifter is mistaken for a hitman, but when the real hitman arrives, complications ensue.

Director: John Dahl
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Lara Flynn Boyle
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A police officer promises to share his lottery ticket with a waitress in lieu of a tip.

Director: Andrew Bergman
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Bridget Fonda, Rosie Perez
Time to Kill (1989)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

1936, Italian army is invading Ethiopia. Lieutenant Silvestri suffering toothache decides to reach the nearest camp hospital. But the lorry has an accident and stop near a rock, so ... See full summary »

Director: Giuliano Montaldo
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ricky Tognazzi, Patrice-Flora Praxo
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When a fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during World War II, his fiancé falls in love with the local Italian commander.

Director: John Madden
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Margaret
...
Knox
...
...
...
James B. Douglas ...
Collins
Walter Massey ...
Mayor
Austin Willis ...
Bainbridge
...
Kinnear
...
Trickett
Tim Weber ...
Cooney
George E. Zeeman ...
Cop
Geordie Johnson ...
Andrew Bothwell
Brian Thorne ...
Plaisted
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La race des champions  »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 7,716,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$94,261, 19 January 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$275,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

The Wedding March
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Educational" stodge, with a couple bright spots
25 October 2009 | by 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.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 11 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

How to Wield a Lightsaber

Legendary sword choreographer Tim Weske teaches our "IMDb Show" Jedis the basics of lightsaber combat. Plus, we break down the origins of some iconic Star Wars creatures.

Watch now