Having seen this film many years ago I still haven't forgotten a single scene. There are those who don't rate it as a memorable film but as a fan of Ice Hockey, I appreciate the storyline and how the American/Canadian hockey teams opperated at the time the film was released. Dean Youngblood, a young gifted player, tries out his luck in the Canadian Hockey leagues. Although he is small for a player he finds his speed an asset. As it is quoted in the film, when he is on the try-outs 'Why don't they hit him' 'They can't catch him' being the reply. He soon learns that just being good doesn't cut it. He finds his nemesis in Karl Rakki, an ox of a player who is quite happy to be a 'goon' and throws his weight around to put off the opposing players and get time penalties in favour of his team. When the captain of his team gets badly injured by Rakki Dean soon leaves the team fearing for his own safety and sanity and returns home to being a farm boy, much to his elder brothers disgust. Kelly Youngblood gives Dean a dressing down and calling him a quitter shouting 'With one eye (injury) I begged them to let me play.' The usual underdog story comes to light when Dean wants Kelly to prepare him for the return to the ice for the play off's. This he does and when he returns he muscles past the coach 'Mad Dog Murray' who was himself once an 'All Star' player to get back in the team to win the play off final and face Rakki in a fairly typical Ice Hockey fight scene. Dean even surprises Murray with his new found confidence and fighting spirit. Yes, good old Youngblood does the business and along the way gets bedded by 'Miss McGill' his landlady and then moves onto the coaches daughter and has to suffer the indignities of various initiation procedures, one of which causes severe embarrasment. If you're after the film of the decade, leave well alone. If you're after a fairly realistic Hockey film where you've always wanted to see what lies beneath the glamour and thrills of the sport, this is just up your street. Enjoy. Rob Lowe, Cynthia Gibb and Keano Reeves.
Whoever the reviewer is who said that this film is probably watched by thirtysomethings heading back to the films of their youth got it spot on!! This is one of the better ones with some typical story lines (of the time) and plenty of Ice Hockey and fighting! If you don't expect too much in the way of intellectual challenge (because there is'nt any!) then you will enjoy this and as a tribute to Patrick Swayze I think that this and Point Break must rate pretty high on the list.
I guess the target market for this DVD release would be the now (late)-30 somethings who fondly remember this film from their various misspend youths. Certainly that was how I picked up the film as this formed a vast amount of my video and film watching time back when I was a teenager.
"Youngblood" tells the story of Dean Youngblood, a talented young ice hockey player who is desperate to leave the impoverished farm he works with his father and older brother. Managing to secure a trail with a well respected Canadian youth team, the Hamilton Mustangs, he impresses the coach, Murray Chadwick, with his speed and skill but not so much with his size and strength. When the rough and ready Racki, a formidable rival trialist kicks Dean all over the ice it looks like Dean may not get the call up he so wants.
Still all's well that ends well and Dean makes the team and gets to meet his new teammates, who strip and shave him and also Miss McGill his boarding landlady who provides a lot more than bed and breakfast. He also meets up with Chadwick's young daughter, Jessie, and whilst both realise that any sort of relationship between the two of them is only going to antagonise Chadwick neither of them can deny the attraction they feel for each other.
The pivotal point of the film comes when the Mustang's captain, Derek Sutton someone with whom Dean has built up a firm friendship is critically injured by Racki who by now has been recruited by the Mustang's feared rivals, the Thunder Bay Bombers. Dean must decide where in light of Derek's serious injuries whether he has the heart for the game and whether he too can risk serious injuries or whether he should dish out suitable revenge for his friend's injury.
It's the classic sports film story, Dean is knocked down, built up, knocked down again, takes some advise from a fatherly older figure and then returns to become the last minute hero, but what I like is that the film doesn't try to be anything more than this. There's no subliminal messages to try to interpret and similarly there's no multi-faceted characters to try to understand. That's not to say the film isn't without its subtleties. Ed Lauter is great fun as coach Chadwick and daughter Jessie played by Cynthia Gibb also shows great charm and enthusiasm. Also mention for Jim Youngs & Eric Nesterenko (an ex-pro Hockey player in fact) as Dean's brother and father who show a real humanity and humility in their roles.
The two stars, Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze should also be applauded. OK, the parts don't call for the most intricate or demanding interpretation but both deliver great energetic performances and are extremely watchable. Final mention for a very short appearance by Keanu Reeves as the quite bizarre French-Canadian goalkeeper and my personal favourite Duane Hewitt the assistant-captain. "I'm gonna carve you up Racki!" - Great fun!
17-year-old Dean Youngblood (Rob Lowe) joins the Hamilton Mustangs ice hockey team despite protestations from his father, Blane. His older brother, Kelly, lost an eye playing junior hockey, and his father wants Dean to stay at home and work on the farm. Despite Blane's overprotectiveness, Kelly persuades him to let Dean travel to Canada and try out for The Mustangs.
During the try-outs, Coach Murray Chadwick (Ed Lauter) realizes that, although small, Youngblood has speed and an impressive number of goals scored during the previous season. He picks Youngblood over Racki, which infuriates the latter, a huge bear of a man. Racki promises he will meet The Mustangs again and Youngblood joins the team, which includes Derek Sutton (Patrick Swayze) and Heaver (Keanu Reeves).
Youngblood shows promise and also finds romance with Jessie Chadwick (Cynthia Gibb), which doesn't go down well with the coach. Chadwick begins to regularly bench Youngblood, Racki returns to the ice having been picked up by The Thunder Bay Bombers and Sutton is seriously injured on the ice. Youngblood must prove to the coach that he is good for Jessie and face up to Racki, as well as help The Mustangs win The Memorial Cup without the help of team player Sutton.
Should Youngblood get revenge for Sutton's injury or get out of hockey altogether?
Youngblood (1986) is a teen action drama directed by Peter Markle (Wagons East, The X-Files). It was a minor box office hit that met with mixed reviews at the time, but has since garnered cult status. The film came out alongside a string of teen sports films during the 1980s, most likely prompted by Rocky (1976) and its sequels that dominated the decade. Such films include All The Right Moves (1983), The Karate Kid (1984), Lucas (1988), Eight Men Out (1988), The Karate Kid II (1986), Johnny Be Good (1988), and The Karate Kid III (1989).
I loved this film when it first came out on VHS over here in the UK. I was about 17 when I first saw it, living in a small village, and hired it regularly from the local video man who would come round twice a week, until I could persuade him to sell his copy to me. Youngblood benefits from a tight storyline, strong and believable characters, and plenty of action; it is also paced very well. So ... what if it does contain a touch of 1980's cheesiness? That is what we have come to love and expect from certain films from that decade.
Lowe and Swayze are believable as hockey players: both actors appear natural on film, are in peak physical condition, and have seemingly boundless energy.
It is notable as a vehicle for Rob Lowe early on in his career and for being Keanu Reeves' second feature film appearance. It is also one of Patrick Swayze's earlier projects. The whole cast put in great performances, especially character actor Ed Lauter, who is always reliable. There are no extra features on the DVD version (both PAL and NTSC), so Youngblood is crying out for a special edition, and a sequel in which Rob Lowe could return as a veteran player or coach?
Eric Nesterenko, who plays Lowe's father in the film is an ex-professional hockey player; he played for the Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs between 1951 and 1972.
Not a great story but not the worst. It's hard to find a good one to relate to hockey that's not 'cheesy'.Young guy builds himself up to eventually beat up the bad guy.NOT the worst film seen.The Slapshot sequals take that title.