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The Boy in Blue (1986)

Based on the life of Ned Hanlan, the late-19th century Canadian sculler and world champion. Hanlan was one of the first scullers to successfully utilize the "sliding seat."

Director:

Charles Jarrott

Writer:

Douglas Bowie
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Ned Hanlan
Cynthia Dale ... Margaret
Christopher Plummer ... Knox
David Naughton ... Bill
Sean Sullivan ... Walter
Melody Anderson ... Dulcie
James B. Douglas James B. Douglas ... Collins
Walter Massey Walter Massey ... Mayor
Austin Willis Austin Willis ... Bainbridge
Philip Craig ... Kinnear
Robert McCormick ... Trickett
Tim Weber Tim Weber ... Cooney
George E. Zeeman George E. Zeeman ... Cop
Geordie Johnson Geordie Johnson ... Andrew Bothwell
Brian Thorne Brian Thorne ... Plaisted
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Based on the life of Ned Hanlan, the late-19th century Canadian sculler and world champion. Hanlan was one of the first scullers to successfully utilize the "sliding seat." Written by Greg Doyle

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Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La race des champions See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD7,716,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$94,261, 19 January 1986

Gross USA:

$275,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$275,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The steamship that appears throughout in the film, the RMS Segwun, is the oldest operating steamship in North America. Originally known as the Nipissing, it was first commissioned in 1887. As of this writing (November 2006) The RMS Segwun is still running strong and is based year-round on Lake Muskoka in Gravenhurst Ontario, Canada. See more »

Soundtracks

What A Friend We Have In Jesus
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Music by Charles Crozat Converse
Arranged by Judy 'Lucky' Kemeny
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Mostly boring
17 February 2005 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

I saw this in a theatre out of pure curiosity back in 1986. The ads gave no indication what this was about--it just showed Nicolas Cage with his shirt off showing his VERY nice chest. It was a dull true story of Ned Hanlan who was a world class sculler--or something like that. It takes place in the 19th century (the ads didn't mention that either) and I usually hate period pieces--that didn't help me like the movie more. The only good thing about this was Cage--he WAS good and his body looked fantastic. But, unless you're interested in sculling, you'll probably be bored silly.

There was one unintentionally hilarious scene in which Cage tries to rip open a woman's shirt--and it wouldn't rip! He fumbles with it before he finally gets it off. The audience I saw it with was laughing hysterically.


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