The Boy in Blue ★★½

"Where the hell's your shirt?"

Four films left in my Cage-a-thon. Almost there!

There is something inherently absurd about The Boy in Blue. Cage did plenty of period pieces early on - WWII in Racing with the Moon, Vietnam in Birdy - but he looks completely anachronistic in late 1800s high society. He also wears a peak cap, and takes his shirt off a lot.

Cage is great fun as always - the movie would be a very boring experience without him - and I did get a kick out of seeing notable genre actors like Melody Anderson (Flash Gordon) and David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London) in key supporting roles. However, The Boy in Blue is adequate at best. Trite sporting movie cliches, executed with a modicum of competence.