Youngblood 1986 ***


Writer/director Peter Markle scored a cult hit with this ice-hockey drama, with Rob Lowe smoldering as Youngblood, a hot-headed player who is tamed by the love of Jessie (Cynthia Gibb). Long before their Point Break collaboration, Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves are amongst the fellow players, and also the action follows conventional sport-movies plot-points, the on-the-ice fisticuffs are delivered with panache. Markle based this Canadian-set drama on his own experiences as a player, and the result is a cut above most the average underdog-makes-good scenario.


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