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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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6 February 2004 (USA)  »

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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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During the actual ABC network broadcast of the game between the USA and Soviet Union at the 1980 Olympics, ABC ran two commercials for a made for TV film called Elvis (1979) filmed in 1979 that was to be broadcast on the Monday following the end of the Olympics. Kurt Russell starred as Elvis Presley in the film and is shown in the commercials. Ironically, Kurt Russell then plays Herb Brooks in "Miracle". See more »

Goofs

The US Flag is shown draped over Jim Craig's shoulders with the star field downward (upside down), then there is a brief cutaway, then when the camera cuts back, the flag is now star-field-up(right side up). There was no time for him to have changed it himself. See more »

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Craig Patrick: Hey, Herb, what's going on? We're playing the Soviets three days before Lake Placid?
Herb Brooks: Yeah, how 'bout that?
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Dedicated to Herb Brooks who died shortly after principal photography was completed. He never saw it. He lived it. See more »

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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 12 February 2014 (2014) See more »

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Bugler's Dream
Written by Leo Arnaud
Performed by John Williams / Boston Pops Orchestra
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By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Very Realistic Hockey Scenes Help Make This A Winner
3 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a pretty nice movie overall. It had its bad points but they were more subtle. The good stuff was out in front: the realistic hockey scenes and the inspiring true-life story of an amazing underdog sports team pulling off the "miracle." That, of course, was the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team winning the gold medal and along the way becoming the first team in 20 years to defeat the Soviets.

The story also is about Herb Brooks, the coach of the team. Everything in here centers around him. Kurt Russell does a nice job playing him, although I don't understand the Polish accent Russell used. Why would Brooks have a Polish accent?

Over the years, sports movies - as in other genres - are becoming more and more realistic. This was about as good as it gets in that regard. A number of the actors are players, meaning they know how to skate. A documentary with the DVD shows the great lengths they went to in filming this in order make the action look realistic. It's not fake; these guys know how to play the game and the camera-work, along with the sound, is outstanding.

For a fairly long film (135 minutes) this film moves by fast and the drama is there but not super-intense since everyone knows the final result. The story is basically, as mentioned, about Brooks and the way he molded a group of kids together to play so well as a team. Many of his ideas would not have been implemented had others had a say, but Brooks proved them all wrong.

The only part of the film that was totally unnecessary was the typical Liberal slant that Hollywood just has to put in our faces every chance it gets. Here, they do it by quick cheap shots against Republican Presidents while airing an inspirational speech by Democrat Jimmy Carter. They have just stuck with the hockey angle, which the filmmakers here did extremely well. Still, it's a very good sports movie that even non- hockey fans should enjoy.


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