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The Mighty Ducks (1992)

A self-centered Minnesota lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a rag tag youth hockey team.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fulton Reed (as Elden Ratliff)
Jesse Hall (as Brandon Adams)


Gordon Bombay, a hotshot lawyer, is haunted by memories of his childhood, when, as the star player in his champion hockey team, he lost the winning goal in a shootout, thereby losing the game, and the approval of his coach. After being charged for drunk driving, the court orders him to coach a peewee hockey team, the worst in the league, Gordon is at first very reluctant. However, he eventually gains the respect of the kids and teaches them how to win, gaining a sponsor on the way and giving the team the name of The Ducks. In the finals, they face Gordon's old team, coached by Gordon's old coach, giving Gordon a chance to face old ghosts. Written by Liz Jordan <c9310494@alinga.newcastle.edu.au>

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He's never coached. They've never won. Together they'll learn everything about winning! See more »


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Rated PG for mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 October 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Champions  »


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,035,133, 4 October 1992

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filming began on January 22, 1992 and ended that spring on April 11th. See more »


When Gordon Bombay is arrested for DWI in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the police officer states that he will be giving him the choice between "breath, blood or urine". While that is the law and practice in the City of Hollywood and the rest of California, it is not the law in Minnesota, where police offer only breath or a choice of "blood or urine". Despite a law to the contrary, many police in Minnesota offer only blood or only urine and the courts have not disapproved. See more »


Tammy Duncan: Mom isn't gonna like this at all.
Tommy Duncan: So what ? You want me to figure skate, then you gotta play hockey.
Tammy Duncan: What do I know about hockey?
[knocks him down and skates away]
Tommy Duncan: More than you think.
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Crazy Credits

In the closing Credits, Joshua Jackson's character 'Charlie Conway' is misspelled and listed as "Charlie Conroy" See more »


Referenced in Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) See more »


Written by Steven Van Zandt (as Steven Van Zandt)
Performed by Southside Johnny Lyon (as Southside Johnny)
Courtesy of Impact Records
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Predictable, but it is a sweet and fun movie
27 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

I don't think The Mighty Ducks is a masterpiece in any shape or form, but it is an enjoyable film. I do agree that it is predictable, the plot is nothing particularly special and the ending especially doesn't really hold any surprises. But it is nicely filmed, with evergreen cinematography and pretty scenery and the music is pleasant. The script is good on the most part, there are some humorous parts but it is also somewhat touching, and the director Stephen Herek pitches the humour and melodrama at the right level. And the acting is spirited, with Emilio Estevez charming, dignified and fun as the disgraced lawyer who has to coach the worst ice hockey team and Joss Ackland solid as Hans. Also the ice-hockey scenes are done with just the right amount of flair. Overall, a sweet and fun movie, even with the predictable plot it is worth seeing. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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