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Oxford Blues (1984)

A young American hustler pursues the girl of his dreams to Oxford, where he must enroll to obtain her.

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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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Nick D'Angelo was a winner. Everyhting came easy to him. Until he had to risk it all for the only thing that ever mattered. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

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

Debut cinema movie for both actor Pip Torrens and actress Amanda Pays. See more »

Goofs

Nick jumps in a scull and joins a race. Near the end of the race, from an overhead shot, he is seen tied for first place with another scull. The scene then changes to a closeup of Nick with the other sculler far ahead to his left. (That footage was repeated from an earlier scene in the race). The scene then changes again to show him winning the race. See more »

Quotes

Nick De Angelo: Don't make this a personal thing, Colin.
Colin Gilchrist Fisher: But it *is* personal. Isn't it?
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Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) 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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