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Youngblood

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Plot

A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town…

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 5.6/10 (5,628 voted)

Director:
Peter Markle

Stars: Rob Lowe, Cynthia Gibb, Patrick Swayze

Storyline
A skilled young hockey prospect hoping to attract the attention of professional scouts is pressured to show that he can fight if challenged during his stay in a Canadian minor hockey town. His on-ice activities are complicated by his relationship with the coach's daughter.

Writers: Peter Markle, John Whitman

Cast:

Rob Lowe

Dean Youngblood


Cynthia Gibb

Jessie Chadwick


Patrick Swayze

Derek Sutton


Ed Lauter

Murray Chadwick


Jim Youngs

Kelly Youngblood


Eric Nesterenko

Blane Youngblood


George J. Finn

Racki

(as George Finn)


Fionnula Flanagan

Miss McGill


Ken James

Frazier


Peter Faussett

Huey Hewitt


Walker Boone

Assistant Coach


Keanu Reeves

Heaver


Martin Donlevy

Referee Hannah


Harry Spiegel

Thunder Bay Coach


Rob Sapienza

Thunder Bay Asst. Coach

Taglines:
To Youngblood, winning wasn't everything – proving himself was.

Release Date: 31 January 1986

Filming Locations: Canada

Opening Weekend: $4,183,292
(USA)
(2 February 1986)

Gross: $15,448,384
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

In the scene where Ed Lauter is talking to his assistant coach while the players warm up, he mutters "Three Blind Mice" as the referee and linesmen appear on the ice. That term was actually used by players and coaches to describe how badly referees officiate games.

Goofs:

Continuity:
In the fight scene, at end of movie between Racki and Youngblood. Youngblood pulls Racki's jersey over his head onto his arms, then punches Racki to the ice. When Racki is on the ice he isn't wearing his jersey anymore, then when he gets back up, Racki takes his jersey completely off.

Quotes:

Derek Sutton:
Hey, go hump your Saint Bernard, scum-nuts.



User Review

I like…

Rating: 7/10


…what Youngblood attempts, which is to tell the story of an up
and coming
star at a crucial point in his hockey career. Of all the hockey movies
I've
seen, including Slap Shot, The Mighty Ducks movies, The Cutting Edge
(which
focuses on hockey for only the beginning of the film) and the Van-Damme
action-film Sudden Death, (which in my opinion is the absolute worst
hockey-related movie ever made) the plot of Youngblood is the most
reasonable to me. I have not seen Mystery Alaska, but from a friend of
mine's description, it sounds quite far-fetched. (although I suppose a
group of Alaskans probably would have a chance against the Rangers
🙂

I was born late in 1979, and first saw Youngblood when I was quite young.
In fact, it was the first hockey movie I ever saw, and to date the only
one
I own. Part of my fascination with this film resulted from my passion
for
the sport of ice hockey, which I began playing at the age of 4 and
maintained competitively through the collegiate level.

What I like most about Youngblood is that the story is centered around
one
player (Dean) and his struggles to advance his career, despite his
talent.
The obstacles he faces in the film: lack of toughness, and clashing with
the
coach, and knowing his chances to go pro are running slim, are typical
themes hockey players share as they advance toward the ultimate goal of
one
day playing in the NHL. While Slapshot is hockey's cult classic, it is
more
like Animal House on Ice than a realistic attempt to portray ice hockey,
which Youngblood attempts, and quite honestly a film of such nature
should
be produced for the avid hockey fans around the world.

Without a doubt, Youngblood fails to portray skillful hockey, and the
off-ice action only mildly captures the life of a junior hockey player,
but
had the proper research been done and certain changes made
pre-production,
Youngblood could have joined Slapshot in hockey fans' movie collections.
The games needed to be faster, the dialogue snappier, (especially the
Keanu
Reeves brainbusters) and the Rocky-ish training diminished the quality of
the film, because not only would Dean not go from being the weakest in
the
league to kicking the toughest guy's butt in a week, but most wannabe
professionals and junior teams have regimented training programs to
follow
on a regular basis, and do not begin two days before the championship
game
of the league they're in.

Cutting that scene could have made room for a far more realistic side of
the
game, such as Dean being contacted by prospective coaches, agents and
other
interested parties to notify him they'd be coming to watch his games.
(like
most prospects with hopes of going pro have to deal with)

Dean simply mentions that he wants to go pro and needs to play juniors if
he's going to get a contract, but that is the last we hear about him
playing
pro, aside from mentioning it to Jessie, coach Chadwick's sexy daughter,
and
Dean's love interest. From my experiences, any player in junior hockey
who
did not receive a fair amount of attention from scouts was quite likely
not
going anywhere, so there should have been some effort to include them to
advance the plot of his odds of making it, because scouts would have
certainly had more influence on Dean playing tougher than anyone in the
film
does, although in reality his teammates should have been getting on him
too.

As for character interplay, Dean's relationship with Chadwick's daughter
is
entertaining, if far-fetched. Perhaps the most realistic relationship
between characters in the film is the one between Sutton and Youngblood,
as
the top talents of hockey teams often have an appreciation for one
another
and pal-up off the ice. Not to mention, the Hollywood impact on the film
is
the only logical explanation for Youngblood leaving the team after
Sutton's
injury. In all my years as a player, I'd never heard of that one,
although,
I suppose it just explains Dean's irrational behavior resulting from his
conflicts with coach Chadwick and his nemesis, Racki.

On the whole, I appreciate this movie, but I certainly wish it had more
of
an advanced pace and that it better explored and explained some of the
typical stereotypes of hockey players that it shows (star player chases
and
gets the girl everyone wants, the bar scene, the initiation, the opposing
team's heckling fans, etc.)

As a long-time hockey player and fan who now studies Scriptwriting at
Ithaca
College, I feel somewhat obligated to pen a true-to-life hockey film for
the
die-hard lovers of the game out there. Somebody needs to!! Youngblood,
if
nothing else, at least will make a decent reference.