If you played hockey as a kid in the late 80s/early 90s, you probably watched the 1986 cult classic young blood, with Rob Lowe. A risque, action-packed hockey movie, in which Lowe plays a seventeen-year-old farm boy who joins the Hamilton Mustangs. There, he is taken under the wing of an older player, played by the late great Patrick Swayze, and must deal with a brutal bully on the ice. In order to fulfill his dream of playing in the NHL, Lowe’s Derek Youngblood must learn how to defend himself on and off the ice.
With its R rating, young blood is a cool little film from the 80s and, apart from 1977 Slap shot, one of the most popular hockey films of the time. Although it wasn’t a big hit in 1986, it held up pretty well for a movie of its time, and even featured a very young Keanu Reeves as Derek’s French-Canadian sidekick, as well as the great Ed Lauter as his trainer and Cynthia Gibb as his love interest. It’s the best movie you’ve ever seen this week!
This episode of The best movie you’ve never seen was written by Alex Maidy, narrated and produced by Chris Bumbray (with Adam Walton) and edited by Edward Clark. Berge Garabedian is the executive producer. Watch previous episodes below and let us know if you’ve seen them yet. young blood in the comments!