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Youngblood (1986)

A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Youngs ...
Kelly Youngblood
Eric Nesterenko ...
Racki (as George Finn)
Miss McGill
Ken James ...
Peter Faussett ...
Huey Hewitt
Walker Boone ...
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A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town. His on-ice activities are complicated by his relationship with the coach's daughter. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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The ice... The fire... The fight... To be the best. See more »


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Release Date:

31 January 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nacido para ganar  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,183,292, 2 February 1986

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the scene where Coach Murray Chadwick (Ed Lauter) is talking to his Assistant Coach while the players warm up, he mutters "Three Blind Mice" as the referee and linesmen appear on the ice. That term was used by players and coaches to describe how badly referees officiate games. See more »


In the beginning of the film, when they show Rob Lowe playing as a teen, he is shooting left handed. But Dean is then shown right handed when shooting throughout the rest of the film. See more »


Derek Sutton: Hey, go hump your Saint Bernard, scum-nuts.
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Rob Won't Mix It Up
24 April 2009 | by See all my reviews

Rob Lowe is way too much the matinée idol type to ever be believable as a hockey player. In fact that's the story of Youngblood, that of a player who values his looks a lot more than mixing it up on the ice to help win a game.

Try as I might I just can't see Rob Lowe as a hockey player, even one who won't get down and dirty. He's a speedy fellow on the ice and it's his speed that gets him a berth on a Canadian minor league hockey team, on which he has teammates like Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves.

The best scene in the film is where Rob Lowe gets literally raped by the unofficial landlady of the team, Fionula Flannagan. Apparently she gets first dibs on all the new hockey players in helping them keep their equipment in working order. Considering before Lowe, she had both Swayze and Reeves, I'd say she's quite the mechanic.

Rob has a more serious involvement with Cynthia Gibb who is the daughter of Coach Ed Lauter. But she's also daddy's little girl which doesn't help matters.

Our Canadian reviewers say that Youngblood is a gross distortion of Canadian hockey. I'm in no position to comment, but I've seen enough to know that it's a sport where violence is the norm and if you can't mix it up and are not willing to risk your good looks, you won't last too long.

Youngblood is now 23 years old and assuming Rob Lowe's character had a decent sized playing career, I guarantee that Rob today would not look like the fellow who worked for President Martin Sheen in the West Wing.

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