The Boy in Blue (1986 film)

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The Boy in Blue
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Charles Jarrott
Produced by Steve North
John Kemeny
Dennis Heroux
Written by Douglas Bowie
Music by Roger Webb
Cinematography Pierre Mignot
Edited by Rit Wallis
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • January 17, 1986 (1986-01-17)
Running time
93 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget CAD$7.7 million
Box office $275,000[1]

The Boy in Blue is a 1986 Canadian drama film directed by Charles Jarrott and starring Nicolas Cage. The film is based on the life of Toronto sculler Ned Hanlan.


A wild, uncontrollable youth, Ned Hanlan is adopted by a gambler named Bill, who promotes the boy on the sculling circuit for his own monetary gain. A businessman named Knox assumes control of Hanlan's career, but when Ned discovers just how ruthless Knox can be, he casts his lot with the first honest man he has met, inventor-speculator Walter.

Hanlan's professional success is capped by his marriage to Margaret, Knox's previously unattainable niece.




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