The Boys in the Boat is a sports drama based on the #1 New York Times bestselling non-fiction book written by Daniel James Brown. The film, directed by George Clooney, is about the 1936 University of Washington rowing team that competed for gold at the Summer Olympics in Berlin. This inspirational true story follows a group of underdogs at the height of the Great Depression as they are thrust into the spotlight and take on elite rivals from around the world. The movie will open in theaters on December 25.

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The cast of The Boys in the Boat had to learn how to row for the movie. They spent weeks learning to row, first at an indoor rowing tank, and then on the water. The cast also went through a lot of conditioning work in the gym.

"It was really important for us to get rowing right."
-George Clooney, Director/Producer


The film was shot in order, so by the time they were filming the race in Germany, the cast was rowing as a team. Check out a behind the scenes featurette of the cast learning to row! How many times can you spot JL gear in the video? We worked with the movie's wardrobe team to help outfit the actors in rowing apparel to train in for the movie.


Be sure to follow along on The Boys in the Boat Instagram!


Blog feature image credit: MGM Studios

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