Oxford Blues is the story of Nick Di Angelo, played by Rob Lowe. Nick has a major thing for Lady Victoria Wingate and is working in a Las Vegas casino to earn enough money to pursue her to Oxford. Nick believes he can win her over if he gets a place at Oxford University and join their rowing team.
Nick spends the night with a wealthy older woman while working at the casino and she gives him enough money to get to Oxford. When he arrives he meets another American in Rona, played by Ally Sheedy.
It isn’t long before Nick finds Lady Victoria but she is already involved with the star of the rowing team, Colin Gilchrist Fisher. Nick and Colin soon build up a fierce rivalry that only gets stronger until the climax of the film.
Oxford Blues was never going to win any Oscars but it’s a fun movie and would hold special interest for anyone that’s attended Oxford University or likes rowing!
Oxford Blues Characters
Nick Di Angelo – The lead character played by Rob Lowe. Nick is trying to get into Oxford University to chase the woman of his dreams Lady Victoria Wingate.
Rona – Another American at Oxford, Ally Sheedy character becomes friends with Nick but she wants more.
Lady Victoria Wingate – The object of Nick’s affection, she does her best to resist his advances.
Colin Gilchrist Fisher – Played by Julian Sands who you may recognise if you are a 24 fan. Colin is the star of the rowing team and takes an instant dislike to Nick.
Geordie Nevitts – Nick’s trusty room mate and friend.
Oxford Blues Trivia
Lady Victoria’s character was loosely based on Princess Stephanie of Monaco.
Star Cary Elwes’ brother, Cassian Elwes, served as Producer on this film.
Oxford Blues Links
About Last Night is one of the lesser known Brat Pack movies but still did quite well at the Box Office. It’s a romantic comedy with some drama thrown in for good measure.
It features Danny (Rob Lowe) and Bernie (James Belushi) as two single men living in Chicago. Danny meets Debbie (Demi Moore) at a bar and after a one night stand the pair start a relationship. The film follows the ups and downs of the couple trying to make things work and the effect the relationship has on their friends.
Whilst it may not be the most amazing movie of all time, About Last Night is a good character piece. It shows the difficulties young people face when settling down and is a bit deeper than some of the other Brat Pack pictures.
Brat Pack Rating
About Last Night is an underrated movie with good supporting performances from Elizabeth Perkins and James Belushi. It gets a 7/10 from me.
About Last Night CharactersDanny Martin – Rob Lowe‘s character. Loves Debbie but is scared to commit.
Debbie Sullivan – Played by Demi Moore. Is willing to settle down with Danny but is struggles to make it work.
Bernie – Danny’s buddy who isn’t as stupid as he seems.
Joan – Debbie’s pal with the hard front who wants to protect her friend.
About Last Night Trivia
A section of the movie that wasn’t used turned up on an episode of Friends.
Debbie’s friend Pat is played by Will and Grace star Megan Mullally.
About Last Night Links
One of the very first Brat Pack movies and not just your run of the mill high school fare. Class is an often over looked film that deserves more attention for its well written script and good character development.
Rob Lowe plays wealthy student Skip and McCarthy is his shy room mate Jonathan. Skip thinks Jonathan could do with some help where the ladies are concerned so sends him to a sleazy bar in the city. Little does Skip know, the woman Jonathan gets to grips with is Skip’s Mom!
The pair have a brief fling but once Ellen (Skip’s Mom) finds out how old Jonathan really is, she end the relationship.
Everything would have been fine, had it not been for Skip inviting Jonathan to his place for Christmas.
Skip – A well to do, popular and confident student at the Vernon Academy.
Jonathan – Skip’s shy room mate who falls for Skip’s Mom.
Ellen – The good looking older woman who also happens to be Skip’s Mom!
Rob Lowe apparently threatened to quit the movie if he wasn’t allowed to appear naked in a certain scene.
Alan Ruck has a very small role, blink and you’ll miss him.
The pretty boy but also the bad boy of the Brat Pack, Rob Lowe was the 80′s pin up. Although he became best known for his sex tape, Rob had a string of big hits in the 80′s including The Outsiders, Class, St Elmo’s Fire and Youngblood. He relaunched his career playing Sam in The West Wing and has gone one to make a couple of major movies as well as treading the boards on the London stage.
Rob Lowe Biography
Rob Lowe was born on 17th March 1964 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Lowe grew up in Los Angeles, going to Santa Monica High School with brother Chad and fellow Brat Pack member, Emilio Estevez.
Rob began modelling at a young age and broke into acting in his teens. He was inspired to become an actor after he saw a production of Oliver when he was ten years old.
The 1979 sitcom A New Kind of Family was Rob’s first major TV role. After a few failed pilots, Lowe landed the role of Sodapop Curtis in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders. Later in 1983, Lowe played a student whose Mother has an affair with his roommate in Class.
The Brat Pack Years
The Hotel New Hampshire and Oxford Blues followed, before arguably Lowe’s best performance of the 80′s in the Brat Pack smash St Elmo’s Fire. Lowe played Billy Hicks, a frat boy unable to keep a job and unwilling to grow up.
1986 movie Square Dance, won Lowe a Golden Globe nomination. He portrayed a mentally challenged character with great compasion and drew critical acclaim.
Rob Lowe’s career took a nose dive after being caught on camera having sex with two girls, one of which was only sixteen years old. This took place in Atlanta at the 1988 Democratic National Convention. Lowe did not know the girl was underage as they had met in a bar.
A sex tape Lowe had made prior to this being released did nothing to help his public iamage. It was also a threesome. He entered rehab for sex and alcohol addiction soon after.
Rob Lowe’s Comeback
After a couple of apperances on Saturday Night Live, Lowe gave good performances in Bad Influence (1990), Waynes World (1992), The Stand (1994) and a supporting role in Contact (1997).
As with Waynes World, Lowe’s friendship with Mike Myers probably led to his role in the Austin Powers sequel. Lowe played the young Number Two.
The West Wing
Rob’s biggest role in recent times was playing Sam Seaborn in the TV series The West Wing. In the Pilot, Sam Seaborn was the main character. The strong cast including Martin Sheen came into their own and the Seaborn character had to share center stage.
Both Lowe and the the series creator Aaron Sorkin, quit the show in 2003 due to differences over Seaborn’s direction and the script in general. The West Wing lost a large number of viewers after their depature and the show changed for the worst.
Lowe had a couple of new shows, The Lyons Den and Dr Vegas but neither fared well in the ratings and were both cancelled. His most recent work includes a stint in the London play A Few Good Men alongside Surranne Jones and the 2006 movie Thank You For Smoking.
As well as currently starring in hit TV show Brothers and Sisters, Rob Lowe also had a major role in the 2009 Ricky Gervais movie The Invention of Lying.
Rob Lowe Quotes
“When I was young and crazy, I was young and crazy. It can be hard enough just to BE in your teens and 20s. Then add fame, money, access, and every single person telling you that you’re the greatest person who ever was, and it can be a recipe for disaster. Some people literally don’t survive it.”
Rob Lowe Links
Lowe-Impact- Official Rob Lowe fansite.
Rob on Wiki- A detailed bio for Rob Lowe on Wikipedia.