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October 19, 2023

‘Boys in the Boat’ trailer released; first look at movie featuring 1936 UW men’s rowing team

“The Boys in the Boat” movie will open in theaters on Dec. 25. The trailer was released this week.

Directed by George Clooney, the movie was inspired by the University of Washington men’s rowing team that won Olympic Gold in 1936. It’s based on the 2013 book by Daniel James Brown.

"The Boys in the Boat": The 1936 Olympic gold medal rowing team.

The 1936 Olympic gold medal University of Washington men’s rowing team.University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, UW2234

The UW student-athletes, who came from working-class backgrounds and small towns in Washington state, represented the United States in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. There had been a failed movement in the United States and Europe to boycott the Olympics in protest of the oppression and persecution of German Jews.

Entering the race, Germany had won gold in five out of the six rowing finals that day. The Americans pushed forward in the final stretch, overtaking the Germans and Italians to win by about 10 feet in a dramatic finish.