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Miracle (2004)

Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Kurt 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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If you believe in yourself, anything can happen. See more »


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

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$19,377,577 (USA) (8 February 2004)

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$64,378,093 (USA) (6 May 2004)
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Former players of the 1980 U.S. team said they were pleased with the film and thought for the most part it was accurate, but the one compliant they had was how Herb Brooks was shown to be friendly with the players. "Herb wasn't going to holiday parties with players and he wasn't coming up with cute nicknames for them," said one former player. "We respected him, but I wouldn't say that we liked him," said another former player about Brooks. See more »

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The actual referee in the game against the Soviets was Karl-Gustav Kaisla from Finland. In the movie, the referee is clearly North American. See more »

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Herb Brooks: This is your time! Now go out there and take it!
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During the closing credits of the film, each actor is shown on screen with the name of the player he portrayed along with a "where are they now" update. See more »

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Referenced in According to Jim: A Crying Shame (2005) See more »

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You Can Suit Yourself
Written by Paul Gayten, Fred Mendelsohn
Performed by Bobby Charles
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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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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