True Blue (1996)

R  |   |  Drama, Sport  |  15 November 1996 (UK)
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The story of the year the Oxford and Cambridge boat race changed from a gentleman's race to one where winning was everything.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Topolski
Donald MacDonald
Michael Suarez, S.J.
Ruth MacDonald
Dan Warren
Rick Ross
Nick Bonham
Freddy Prideaux-Jones
Morrison Black
Andrew Clover ...
Rob Atkins
Patrick Conner
Sam Peterson
David Ball
Patrick Malone ...
Mike Johnson
Ed Fox


The story of the year the Oxford and Cambridge boat race changed from a gentleman's race to one where winning was everything.

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To be second is to be last.


Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 November 1996 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Miracle at Oxford  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


Consecutive (in the final cut) shots of the race are inter-cut from takes made at very different states of the tide. The water level in the river goes up and down like a yo-yo between them. See more »


Morrison Black: So tell me something - what is it that makes Topolski such a hot shot?
Nick Bonham: I don't know, I've never understood it... Maybe he's hung like a horse?
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Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
Written by Ed Bruce and Patsy Bruce
Courtesy of Sony/ATV Songs LLC
Published by Tree Publishing (BMI)
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Left me with a sinking feeling.
11 April 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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