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
Right before the Soviets score the first goal of the game, Schneider is slashed by Krutov, falls down on the ice and loses control of the puck to a Soviet player. In the real game, however, there is no slash on the play, only a stick check by Krutov which is permitted in ice hockey, and Schneider doesn't fall either. See more »
On a power play against the USSR, coach Herb Brooks tells the Smurf Line to get on the ice. The Smurf Line was actually the "Coneheads" Line (Mark Pavelich, John Harrington and Buzz Schneider). See more »
I was too young to have known anything about this game when it was played in real life, but it was definitely more than a game. It concerned world politics and the cold war. The movie did a good job showing how seemingly impossible it seemed for the young American team to beat the best team in the world who had been playing together for 10 years. And Kurt Russell did a good job as the tough coach who was hard on the players to get the most out of them. I also liked the way the hockey games were filmed. I think hockey is the most boring sport and I don't know any of the rules, but the way it was filmed let the least knowlegdable person follow what was going on.
FINAL VERDICT: If you like sports movies, then don't miss this one.
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