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PG  |   |  Drama, History, Sport  |  6 February 2004 (USA)
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Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

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The inspiring story of the team that transcended its sport and united a nation with a new feeling of hope. Based on the true story of one of the greatest moments in sports history, the tale captures a time and place where differences could be settled by games and a cold war could be put on ice. In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team's coach, Herb Brooks, took a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation yearning from a distraction from world events. With the world watching the team rose to the occasion, prompting broadcaster Al Michaels' now famous question, to the millions viewing at home: Do you believe in miracles? Yes! Written by Sujit R. Varma

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What America needed was a miracle. What it got was a hockey game. See more »

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Rated PG for language and some rough sports action | See all certifications »

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Csoda a jégen  »

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$19,377,577 (USA) (6 February 2004)

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$64,371,181 (USA) (30 April 2004)
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Trivia

During filming at a residence of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, rowdy residents disturbed filming by hanging USSR flags in the residence windows, reporting the shoot to the fire marshal, yelling distracting taunts at the actors, and even stealing Kurt Russell's chair. See more »

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The hockey competition was NOT a single elimination (knockout) tournament. In the first round, twelve teams were divided into two groups. The top two teams from each group advanced to the medal round and were awarded points based on their result against the other medal round-qualifiers from their group. USSR were seeded first with two points, by virtue of their preliminary round victory over Finland. USA and Sweden tied at the beginning of the competition and had one point each in the initial medal round standings. USA beat USSR and Finland to finish first with a total of five points, USSR beat Sweden in the final game of the competition to finish with four points, Sweden finished third by way of their tie against Finland, which finished fourth with one point. See more »

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Herb Brooks: All-star teams fail because they rely solely on the individual's talent. The Soviets win because they take that talent and use it inside a system that's designed for the betterment of the team. My goal is to beat 'em at their own game.
Lou Nanne: Beat the best team in the world? Gold medalists in '64, '68, '72, '76? Pretty lofty goal, Herb.
Herb Brooks: Well, Lou, that's why I want to pursue it.
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During the final Walt Disney Pictures logo, you hear Herb say, "Again," then a whistle blows and the logo goes off. See more »

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Star Spangled Banner
Arranged by Chris Zurzolo
Performed by Lauren Hart
Courtesy of The Philadelphia Flyers
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It was winter of 1980, and I remember it well.
1 November 2004 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

'Miracles do happen', the announcer's original broadcast is heard during the scenes recreated for this movie, 'Miracle.' Anyone who remembers what happened during those Winter Olympics in 1980 will know what this movie is about, and how it ends. However, there can be no spoilers, because this is not a movie about a hockey game, or even the sport of hockey. Nor is it about the players. It is solely about the coach, Herb Brooks, who, with his unconventional style and wisdom about the game, took these young hockey players to a level no one thought possible. In the end it didn't really matter whether they won or lost the game against the Russian. What mattered was that each of the 20 players found out what was possible inside himself.

The movie begins with a montage of scenes from the period, the years, leading up to the selection of the Olympic hockey team in the summer of 1979. The cold war. The oil shortage and long gasoline lines. The disgraced President Nixon. The embattled President Carter. The Russians invading Afganistan. Then we see coach Brooks doing it his own way. A year and a half of scouting, one day of try-outs, to pick the 26 players which would eventually be cut to 20 for the competition. The DVD extras show us how much went into making the movie faithful, including a session with Brooks himself, who died in an accident right after filming was wrapped up. A very fine movie of a very inspirational journey.


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