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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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 »


Daniel Topolski: Come on Oxford!
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Rocking Goose
Written by Tom King (as King), Johnny Paris (as Paris) and T.J. Fowler (as Fowler)
Performed by Johnny and The Hurricanes
Administered by Bug Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Atila Records USA
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Not as bad as it could be - but lacking a certain something all the same.
11 January 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Based on the true story of an American at Oxford swearing to overcome defeat in the 1986 Boat Race (Oxford's first defeat to Cambridge in 11 years) by returning the following year with some international colleagues and the resultant "mutiny" when they refuse to follow the coach's training schedules.

The film is a fictionalised account and comes down firmly (as did the book on which it is based) on the side of chief coach Dan Topolski and OUBC President Donald MacDonald. It's not a half bad attempt at telling a story with a good bash at both trying to underline the importance in the old universities of the boat race and the physical demands the race makes.

The rowing is reasonably portrayed too, using real oarsmen as their opposition and with the actors having been taught to row by Topolski, but sometimes the continuity is lost and there are mistakes aplenty if you really try to go looking for them!

It's not a film that challenges, but it does entertain - although how much it entertains a dry-bob is the big question!

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