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The Cambridge crew in this film were played by members of the rowing squad from Imperial College, London, including several members of the British international squad. See more »
The opening sequence depicts the end of the 1986 boat race and shows the event as being sponsored by Beefeater Gin as the crews cross the finish line. The film makers must have used actual footage from a different year, as Beefeater didn't actually take over sponsorship of the Boat Race from Ladbrokes until 1987, the year when the final race is supposed to take place. See more »
So tell me something - what is it that makes Topolski such a hot shot?
I don't know, I've never understood it... Maybe he's hung like a horse?
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Taking it's lead from the true story of the 1986 Oxford-Cambridge boat race, 'True Blue' is an attempt to convert this seemingly inconsequential event into a meaningful experience. The film fails because the relevance is only apparent to those with an interest in the subject, or those directly involved. Sure, there's an all encompassing metaphor for our ability to overcome obstacles in our path, and fight against the odds, but for that you would be better off with 'Rocky', or 'Chariots Of Fire' (which this film shamelessly rips off on more than one occasion). I don't doubt that all those involved were deeply passionate about the real story here, the people who made the victory so convincingly their own, but the film flounders due to some erratic performances, and some banal dialogue - not to mention an incredible anti-American streak throughout. It's a peculiarly English film, like the boat race itself, that will appeal to those with a vested interest and no-one else.
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