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True Blue (1996)

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

Director:

Ferdinand Fairfax

Writers:

Rupert Walters (screenplay), Daniel Topolski (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johan Leysen ... Daniel Topolski
Dominic West ... Donald MacDonald
Dylan Baker ... Michael Suarez, S.J.
Geraldine Somerville ... Ruth MacDonald
Josh Lucas ... Dan Warren
Brian McGovern ... Rick Ross
Noah Huntley ... Nick Bonham
Edward Atterton ... Freddy Prideaux-Jones
Ryan Bollman ... Morrison Black
Andrew Clover Andrew Clover ... Rob Atkins
Jonathan Cake ... Patrick Conner
Tom Hollander ... Sam Peterson
Nicholas Rowe ... David Ball
Patrick Malone Patrick Malone ... Mike Johnson
Alexis Denisof ... Ed Fox
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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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Taglines:

To be second is to be last.

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1996 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Miracle at Oxford See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Daniel Topolski: Come on Oxford!
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Soundtracks

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 sibisi73See 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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