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Oxford Blues (1984)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Sport | 24 August 1984 (USA)
A young American hustler pursues the girl of his dreams to Oxford, where he must enroll to obtain her.

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Robert Boris

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Robert Boris
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rob Lowe ... Nick De Angelo
Ally Sheedy ... Rona
Amanda Pays ... Lady Victoria Wingate
Julian Sands ... Colin Gilchrist Fisher
Julian Firth ... Geordie Nevitts
Alan Howard ... Simon Rutledge
Gail Strickland ... Las Vegas Lady
Michael Gough ... Doctor Ambrose
Aubrey Morris ... Doctor Quentin Boggs
Cary Elwes ... Lionel
Bruce Payne ... Peter Howles
Anthony Calf ... Gareth Rycroft
Pip Torrens ... Ian
Richard Hunt ... Larry
Peter Jason ... Mr. De Angelo
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Storyline

A young American hustler in Las Vegas spots a rich English Lady. Smitten, he pursues her to England, where his only chance of getting together with her is to enroll in Oxford and join the rowing team. Written by <crow_steve@hotmail.com>

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He fell in love with a girl and conned his way into Oxford University just to meet her. Now he's learning how to be a winner. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Descoberta See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,486,418, 26 August 1984

Gross USA:

$8,793,152
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.77 : 1
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Trivia

First of two cinema movies that leads, actor Rob Lowe and actress Ally Sheedy, both appeared in, the second being the following 1985 year's St. Elmo's Fire (1985). See more »

Goofs

When Nick is first invited to the party by Victoria, we see her with a glass in her hand. Soon he grabs two wine glasses from a server's tray, and goes to hand her one, and her hands are empty. Then they walk out of the room and seconds later, in the next room, they don't have the wine glasses so he pours them both a drink. See more »

Quotes

Colin Gilchrist Fisher: They say Oxford is what you make of it. Since you've been here, however, I'm afraid you've made it rather less.
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Women of Questionable Morals (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Risking It All On Love
Music by David Chesky
Lyrics by Norman Chesky, Galen R. Brandt and Jody Gray
Produced by David Chesky
Vocals by Patrick Jude and Kathy Ingraham
(c) 1984 Chesky Productions ASCAP and Runnymede Music Inc.
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It's not about Rob Lowe; it's about growing up.
24 September 2002 | by ShelleyHorwitzSee all my reviews

This is one of the better "coming of age" movies I have seen. It's about an immature young man who makes up his mind to go to college at Oxford (long before he ever sees and falls for Amanda Pays) and then gets there. When he falls for Amanda's character and becomes a member of the Oxford rowing team, he learns a lot about integrity and honor and just being a man.

I found this movie much more deeply thought provoking than just the simple surface comedy (BTW, I never thought it was a comedy) about a brash American in a foreign country. Lowe plays the character perfectly, as a street-wise, intelligent, middle class young man with a desire to improve his lot in life.

His membership on the Oxford Rowing Team provides an interesting and realistic setting for him to learn about being part of a community and making a contribution to his team. His relationship with Amanda's character is a good platform for watching him learn about the difference between brazen boldness and real culture.

Through a series of mishaps and missteps, he learns the value of character, integrity, and honor. His passage from adolescent immaturity to valued adult friend and teammate makes this an interesting movie from start to finish. This is a great character study.


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