This is one of Nicolas Cage's early films,taking place in the late 1800s.Displaying a sport of sports for the time,Sculling.Before football,golf and baseball,Sculling was the gentlemans sport of leisure so to speak.Based on a true story young rower Ned Hanlen played by Cage is a real life hero and undefeated Champion winner for years and years with many awards on 3 different continents.I was very impressed with Nicolas Cage as he really puts in the work here and like the
Rocky training scences sells this film on all levels.Excellent period piece and great atmosphere plus Cages's fantastic performance make Ned come alive.Its not Sea Biscuit but then again Sea Biscuit aint The Boy In Blue but each film has its own heros to root for.Nic Cage trained months for this part and as a early effort from 1985,(Nics only 20 years old here) he sets the stage for this actors amazingly talented and lengthly career of over 25 years and over 45 movies later remains as one of the top actors today.Movie also co stars Christopher Plummer and as usual plays his part perfect.Every one has its own kind of hero and The Boy in Blue takes you there and back.A winner on all levels.And to the real Ned Hanlen congratulations on a illustrius career,you should rest in peace knowing your were a hero to many people and with this film Nicolas Cage has done you justice.Ned Hanlen was born in 1855 in Ontario and died in 1908 at age of 52.One of his races was on the Toronto harbour and he has a monument in his honor on Torontos Centre Island and a steet named after him also. R.I.P Ned Hanlen,you were the definative Boy in Blue, a hero of the times to all !!!!!!