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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.

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

The opening sequence depicts the end of the 1986 boat race and shows the event as being sponsored by Beefeater Gin as the crews cross the finish line. The film makers must have used actual footage from a different year, as Beefeater didn't actually take over sponsorship of the Boat Race from Ladbrokes until 1987, the year when the final race is supposed to take place. See more »

Quotes

Daniel Topolski: Back to the start, do it again
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Soundtracks

Two Tribes
Written by Holly Johnson, Mark O'Toole and Peter Gill
Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Published by Perfect Songs Ltd
Courtesy of ZTT Records and Warner Music UK Ltd
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Not as bad as it could be - but lacking a certain something all the same.
11 January 1999 | by lowfieldSee all my reviews

Based on the true story of an American at Oxford swearing to overcome defeat in the 1986 Boat Race (Oxford's first defeat to Cambridge in 11 years) by returning the following year with some international colleagues and the resultant "mutiny" when they refuse to follow the coach's training schedules.

The film is a fictionalised account and comes down firmly (as did the book on which it is based) on the side of chief coach Dan Topolski and OUBC President Donald MacDonald. It's not a half bad attempt at telling a story with a good bash at both trying to underline the importance in the old universities of the boat race and the physical demands the race makes.

The rowing is reasonably portrayed too, using real oarsmen as their opposition and with the actors having been taught to row by Topolski, but sometimes the continuity is lost and there are mistakes aplenty if you really try to go looking for them!

It's not a film that challenges, but it does entertain - although how much it entertains a dry-bob is the big question!


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