Rowing Books, Videos, DVDs, Magazines, Posters & Art
Let's face it - there just aren't as many movies about rowing as there are other sports. For that matter, there are a lot more books about rowing than there are movies. Perhaps its is because rowing is more of a "participatory" sport than a "spectator" sport. Rowers would rather be out on the water rather than on a couch, watching someone else row on the television. Besides, rowers tend to be more "readers" than television addicts, perhaps reflecting the higher GPA level of crew teams to the rest of the athletic department of most colleges.
But we have managed to find a few movies about rowing, which we have listed here. Note that we have divided them into two catagories: Instructional and Entertainment.
Rowing Machine Companion (1987) - VHS only
Rowing Machine Companion (1987)- VHS Only
Description: A video workout, great to use while erging! It puts you in the boat while rowing through a variety of drills.
Flexibility For Athletes: Yoga and Rowing - DVD Only
Flexibility For Athletes: Yoga and Rowing (Undated)- DVD Only
Description: Discover the remarkable effectiveness of yoga and yogic breathing to enhance optimal performance in rowing. This 2-disc set gives you both The Rower training DVD plus a strength training DVD utilizing similar training techinques for your cardio and strength training workouts.
Row Fast, Row Safe - VHS Only
ROW FAST, ROW SAFE - A common sense guide to rowing on the upper Potomac River (undated) - VHS Only
Description: No description is available, although the title seems to speak for itself.
Fundamentals of Rowing (undated) - VHS Only
Fundamentals of Rowing (Undated) - VHS Only
Description: Steve Larson teaches you all the fundamentals, from basic boat selection to proper rowing technique. And as a special bonus, Steve also lets you in on the secrets of the pros that'll turn beginners into experts.
The Boy in Blue (1986) - DVD Only
The Boy in Blue (1986)- DVD Only
Description: Starring a very young Nicolas Cage and Christopher Plummer, this is a story of a young Canadian who becomes a world class rower at the time of the invention of the sliding seat. It has lots on intrigue, betrayal, and redemption on the Thames.
Miracle at Oxford (1996) - DVD Only
Miracle at Oxford (1996) (a/k/a "True Blue") - DVD Only
Description: The inspirational account of a team rising to meet the ultimate challenge of winning back its honor! To Oxford University, "The Boat Race" – the intensely competitive annual rowing competition between Oxford and its archrival Cambridge -- is more important than the Olympics. So when Oxford's long winning streak ends in humiliating defeat, they vow victory the next year at all costs. But the method they choose threatens to tear the team apart while setting up a struggle between old-school traditions and modern rivalry. Now facing extreme pressure, they must rally together to achieve their one common goal -– restore the pride of Oxford!
Oxford Blues (1984) - DVD Only
Oxford Blues (1984) - DVD Only
Description: A young American hustler (a young Rob Lowe) falls in love with a British gal (Ally Sheedy), and follows her to England where he cons his way into Oxford so he can be with her. But he only finds acceptance, and peace with himself (and the heart of his girl) when he discovers and excells at rowing.
Rowing Through (1996)- DVD
Description: Masato Harada's film captures the spirit of rowing in a true story of a quest for Olympic gold. Although the rowers' technique is clearly not up to the level of competition depicted in the movie and thereby a bit of a distraction, the film's direction and photography are quite a level above many other rowing films.
My Brother's Keeper (2004) - DVD Only
My Brother's Keeper (2004)- DVD Only
Description: Identical twin brothers Lou and Eric plan to compete together in the National Rowing Championships. But when Eric leaves their small town to attend an Ivy League University, the brother's bond is torn apart.
Daddy Who? (1999) - DVD Only
Daddy Who? (1999) (DVD Only)
Description: The daughter of an Olympic rowing champion agrees to cox a quartet of would-be regatta competitors. For the sake of the team and to preserve their friendship the guys make a pact not to romance their new coxswain, but before long, all four friends have fallen in love and/or lust with Kimberly. And when she becomes pregnant, the question, "Whos your daddy?" takes on a whole new meaning!
Anyplace Wild: Rowing & Sea Kayaking in Maine (1977) - VHS Only
Rowing & Sea Kayaking in Maine (1977) - VHS Only
Description: In "Islands in Time", John Viehman and Annie Getchell team up with small-boat enthusiasts Sam and Susan Manning to row and sail more than 20 miles of open ocean to the remote Matinicus group of islands. They explore human and natural history along the way. The journey ends at Matinicus Rock, a 35-acre island and focus of early environmentalist concern. In 1900, the Audubon Society made Matinicus Rock the first official wildlife refuge in the country, and today some 100,000 seabirds nest here.
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