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The Boy in Blue Details


To fully appreciate Boy in Blue, it's helpful to know a little bit about the sport of "sculling"-or competitive rowing. Nicolas Cage stars as the real-life Ned Hanlan, who at the turn of the century was Canada's foremost sculling champ. A wild, uncontrollable youth, Hanlan is "adopted" by a gambler named Bill (David Naughton), who promotes the boy on the sculling circuit for his own monetary gain. Ruthlessly businessman Knox (Christopher Plummer) 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's met, inventor-speculator Walter (Sean Sullivan). Hanlan's professional success is capped by his marriage to Margaret (Cynthia Dale), Knox's previously unattainable niece. The by-the-numbers Boy in Blue was given an R rating due to a few disposable sex scenes, thereby cutting its potential audience (hero-worshipping youths) in half. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:January 17, 1986


Awarded by
Genie Awards William Beeton Best Art Direction 1986 Nominee
Genie Awards Sean Sullivan Best Supporting Actor 1986 Nominee
Genie Awards Daniel Latour Best Sound Editing 1986 Nominee


Nicolas Cage
as Ned Hanlon
Cynthia Dale
as Margaret
Christopher Plummer
as Knox
David Naughton
as Bill
Sean Sullivan
as Walter
Melody Anderson
as Dulcie
James Douglas
as Collins
Walter Massey
as Mayor
Austin Willis
as Bainbridge
Philip Craig
as Kinnear
Teddy Donville
as Betting Runner
Eric Fink
as Hawker for Dr. Morse
Lee-Max Walton
as Urchin
Arthur Grosser
as Bookie
Gorman Miller
as Hanlon Fan
Phil Neilson
as 2nd Brahmin
Don MacQuarrie
as Temp Leader
Michel Perron
as Hanlon Man No. 2
Robert Buck
as English Thug
Elizabeth Rukavina
as Philly Barmaid
Roger McKeen
as McCoy Man No. 1
Gordon Masten
as Toad
Ted Dykstra
as Hanlon Man No. 1
Brian Thorne
as Plaisted
Bruce McFee
as Ship Steward
Doug Lennox
as Knox's Pug
Patrick Sinclair
as Philly Referee
Doris Malcolm
as Aunt Geri
Diane Hollingsworth
as Alley Tart
Peter Peer
as Prison Turnkey
George E. Zeeman
as Cop
Jain Dickson
as Suffragette
Bob Bainborough
as Boston Betting Clerk
Ian Heath
as Boy on Steamer
Geordie Johnson
as Bothwell
Jeff Wincott
as Riley
Kim Coates
as McCoy Man No. 2
John Cain
as Aussie
Gerald Isles
as Butler
Graham Haley
as Aussie
Tim Weber
as Cooney
Claude Rae
as Boston Bettor
Germain Beauchamp
as Photographer
Dan Hennessy
as American Reporter
Anne Farquhar
as High Class Girl
Aidan Devine
as Junior Cop
John Dunn-Hill
as Riley Tout


Charles Jarrott
John Kemeny
Steven North
Denis Heroux
Douglas Bowie
Pierre Mignot
Roger Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Rit Wallis
William Beeton
Production Designer
Steven North
Executive Producer
Jean Baptiste Tard
Set Designer
Brigitte McCaughry
Daniel Latour
Sound Editor