The soaring music may have been inspired by CHARIOTS OF FIRE, but there the similarity ends: Instead of celebrating self-sacrifice, this true-life tale concerns British collegians who come to regret importing champions in hopes of improving their chances of winning.
In 1987, Oxford’s rowing team suffered a humiliating defeat to its rival school, Cambridge. Although rowing had been the sport of gung-ho amateurs for 132 years, class president Donald McDonald (Dominic West) and coach Daniel Topolski (Johan Eysen) seek an edge for the 1988 competition. Obsessed with victory, they welcome the brainstorm of American exchange student, Rick Ross (Brian McGovern). W...