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Eric Guggenheim (written by)
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6 February 2004 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
What America needed was a miracle. What it got was a hockey game. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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A Surprisingly Good Sports Film Lacking Most Cliché See more (283 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kurt Russell ... Herb Brooks

Patricia Clarkson ... Patti Brooks

Noah Emmerich ... Craig Patrick
Sean McCann ... Walter Bush

Kenneth Welsh ... Doc Nagobads

Eddie Cahill ... Jim Craig

Patrick O'Brien Demsey ... Mike Eruzione

Michael Mantenuto ... Jack O'Callahan

Nathan West ... Rob McClanahan

Kenneth Mitchell ... Ralph Cox

Eric Peter-Kaiser ... Mark Johnson
Bobby Hanson ... Dave Silk

Joseph Cure ... Mike Ramsey
Billy Schneider ... Buzz Schneider
Nate Miller ... John 'Bah' Harrington
Chris Koch ... Mark Pavelich
Kris Wilson ... Phil Verchota
Steve Kovalcik ... Dave Christian
Sam Skoryna ... Steve Janaszak
Pete Duffy ... Bob Suter
Nick Postle ... Bill Baker
Casey Burnette ... Ken Morrow
Scott Johnson ... Steve Christoff
Trevor Alto ... Neal Broten
Robbie MacGregor ... Eric Strobel
Joe Hemsworth ... Mark Wells
Adam Knight ... Tim Harrer
Sarah-Anne Hepher ... Kelly Brooks
Evan Smith ... Danny Brooks

Bill Mondy ... Lou Nanne

Tom Butler ... Bob Allen

Don S. Davis ... Bob Fleming

Michael Kopsa ... Bruce Norris

Lisa Marie Caruk ... Disco Girl

Malcolm Stewart ... Donald Craig

Ellie Harvie ... Margie
Mark McConchie ... Olympic Official
Mark Burgess ... Olympic Official

Fred Keating ... Party Husband
Andrew Johnston ... Peter Grace
Susan Astley ... Receptionist
Kurt Evans ... Reporter
Igor Morozov ... Reporter

Peter Kelamis ... Reporter

Daniel Bacon ... Reporter
Julius Chapple ... Reporter

Kwesi Ameyaw ... Reporter

Philip Maurice Hayes ... TV Reporter

Tatiana Loutchaninova ... Doc's Wife
Brent Chapman ... Equipment Manager

Peter Shinkoda ... Japanese Athlete
Mariko Kage ... Japanese Interpreter

L. Harvey Gold ... Announcer

Beverley Breuer ... Party Wife
Mike Cleven ... Norway Rink Manager No. 1
Michael Ronnekleiv ... Norway Rink Manager No. 2
Bill Finck ... Try-Outs Organizer

Sarah Hayward ... Try-Outs Organizer
Wanda Sturtevant ... Try-Outs Organizer
Alvie Leeper ... Try-Outs Organizer
Richard Yee ... Team Photographer
Garry Monahan ... Colorado Coach

Ty Olsson ... State Trooper
John Ashbridge ... American Announcer
Alexander Kalugin ... Russian Announcer

Ted Friend ... Thief River Falls Sportscaster
Steve Pascal ... Cop
Terry Lemky ... Angry Driver
Bob Morton ... Lake Placid Head of Security

Ryan Walter ... Referee

David Short ... I.O.C. Presenter
Birchana Caldwell ... Girl on Ice
Al Michaels ... Himself
Ken Dryden ... Himself

Jim McKay ... Himself
Will Lauder ... Additional USA Player
Jason Marshall ... Additional USA Player
Chris Shaw ... Additional USA Player
Rob Vos ... Additional USA Player
Greg Wilkes ... Additional USA Player
Zinaid Memisevic ... Team USSR
Sasha Lakovic ... Team USSR
Toni Bader ... Team USSR
Rob Busch ... Team USSR
Randy Favaro ... Team USSR
Paul Nash ... Team USSR (as Paul Grech)
Todd Harkins ... Team USSR
Ryan Johnson ... Team USSR
Jeff Jubenville ... Team USSR
Tyler Kuntz ... Team USSR
Ian Lampshire ... Team USSR
Mike MacWilliam ... Team USSR
Angelo Maggio ... Team USSR
Stephan Marc ... Team USSR
Brandon Misky ... Team USSR
Tim Preston ... Team USSR
Mark Kitts ... Team USSR
Brent Thurston ... Team USSR
Graham Walker ... Team USSR
Dan Walton ... Team USSR
Roger Watts ... Team USSR
Casey Bartzen ... Team Sweden
Troy Dalton ... Team Sweden
Rick Dietrich ... Team Sweden
Randy Heath ... Team Sweden
Jason Jennings ... Team Sweden
Kevin Potvin ... Team Sweden
Brian Rasmussen ... Team Sweden
Ryan Thorpe ... Team Sweden
Marko Segovic ... Team Sweden
Dave Stewart ... Team Sweden
Tom Andersen ... Team Norway
Chad Grisdale ... Team Norway
Rob Murray ... Team Norway
Ryan Thrussell ... Team Norway
Steve Wilijto ... Team Norway
Frank Defrenza ... Team Romania
Dan Fortuna ... Team Romania
Steve Hanline ... Team West Germany
Bill Jones ... Team West Germany
Aaron Mori ... Team West Germany
Tony Vogel ... Team West Germany
Milan Dragicevic ... Team Czechoslovakia
Lada Hampeis ... Team Czechoslovakia
Clayton McGovern ... Team Czechoslovakia
Shawn Snesar ... Team Czechoslovakia
Paul Stark ... Team Czechoslovakia
Jason Wong ... Team Czechoslovakia
Chris Rowland ... Team Finland
Marijan Ivanisec ... Team Finland
Dave Tomlinson ... Team Finland
Brad McDonald ... Team Finland
Joey Neale ... International Hockey League
Gabe Krhan ... International Hockey League
Daren Webb ... International Hockey League
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herb Brooks ... Himself (also archive footage)

Jerry Brown ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Billy Carter ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rosalynn Carter ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Chancellor ... Himself (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Richard Cummins ... Press Conference TV Reporter (uncredited)

Betty Ford ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gerald Ford ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Gavin O'Connor 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Eric Guggenheim (written by)

Produced by
Mark Ciardi .... producer
Gordon Gray .... producer
Ross Greenburg .... executive producer
Justis Greene .... executive producer
Jon Mone .... associate producer
Greg O'Connor .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
 
Cinematography by
Dan Stoloff 
 
Film Editing by
John Gilroy 
Daric Loo (opening segment)
 
Casting by
Sarah Finn 
Randi Hiller 
 
Production Design by
John Willett 
 
Art Direction by
Ross Dempster 
Martina Javorova 
 
Set Decoration by
Mary-Lou Storey 
 
Costume Design by
Tom Bronson 
 
Makeup Department
Beth Boxall .... assistant makeup artist
Megan Davies .... assistant makeup artist
Kevin Haney .... prosthetic makeup artist
Monica Huppert .... makeup artist
Dennis Liddiard .... makeup artist: Kurt Russell
Sherry Linder-Gygli .... hair stylist (as Sherry Gygli)
Sandy Monesmith .... hair stylist
Tamar Ouziel .... assistant makeup artist
Robert A. Pandini .... assistant hair stylist (as Robert Pandini)
Bill Terezakis .... special makeup effects artist
C.J. Wills .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Heather Meehan .... unit production manager
Charlene Olson .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vic Armstrong .... second unit director
Josy Capkun .... second assistant director
Steve Eathorne .... second assistant director
Mindy Heslin .... second assistant director
Mindy Heslin .... second unit director
Ella Kutschera .... first assistant director: second unit
Bill Mizel .... first assistant director (reshoots)
Sarah Ostrow .... third assistant director
Pete Whyte .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Ea Birkett .... assistant property master
Jason Claridge .... paint foreman
R.D. 'Luther' Fairbairn .... property master
Mark Howes .... set dresser
Herminio Kam .... paint coordinator
Scott R. Lee .... set dresser (as Scott Lee)
Charles Leitrants .... construction coordinator
Tristan Oliver .... assistant set dresser
Dylan Patti .... assistant props
Al Rourke .... construction foreman
Jeremy Stanbridge .... assistant art director
Shelley Surette .... set dresser
Anneke Van Oort .... set designer
Paul Wagner .... props
Sandy Walker .... first assistant set decorator
Loree Wershler .... graphic designer
Loree Wershler .... illustrator
Jonathan Woods .... storyboard artist
John G. Anderson .... construction buyer (uncredited)
Janice Lynn Coats .... scenic carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Paul Aulicino .... assistant sound editor
Bruce Barris .... first assistant sound editor
Thom Brennan .... supervising foley editor
Donald D. Brown .... boom operator
Eddie Bydalek .... digital sound mix technician
Howard Carle .... adr mixer
William Cawley .... assistant sound editor
Steve Copley .... foley mixer
Marc Deschaine .... adr assistant
Aaron J. Green .... manager of sound services
Phillip A. Hamilton .... adr recordist
Craig Henighan .... sound effects editor
Dave Hibbert .... adr recordist
Elliott Koretz .... sound designer
Elliott Koretz .... supervising sound editor
Tom Lalley .... sound re-recording engineer
Jim Lingg .... adr mixer
Michael McGee .... production sound mixer
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Vashi Nedomansky .... adr group leader
Steve Nelson .... sound effects editor
Myron Nettinga .... sound re-recording mixer
Rob Nokes .... supervising sound editor
Nancy Nugent .... dialogue editor (as Nancy Kyong Nugent)
Adam Sharpe .... adr mixer
John Sievert .... foley artist
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Becky Sullivan .... supervising adr editor
John Joseph Thomas .... sound editor
Mario A. Vitale .... assistant sound editor (as Mario Vitale)
Tim Walston .... sound effects editor
Dave Winston .... sound effects recordist
David Yonson .... adr recordist: Toronto
Bruce Maddocks .... adr technician (uncredited)
Carl D. Ware .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Alex Burdett .... special effects coordinator
Ray McMillan .... front projection
Mike Splatt .... special effects technician
Robert Yeager .... special effects assistant
 
Visual Effects by
Sandra Almond .... visual effects producer
Andy Barrios .... Inferno artist: Asylum
Alan Edward Bell .... visual effects artist
Cassia Buss .... visual effects coordinator: GVFX
Doug Campbell .... visual effects supervisor
Andrew Cochrane .... texture artist
Jason Crosby .... digital artist: Digital Dimension
Mitchell S. Drain .... visual effects supervisor
Andy Foster .... visual effects producer: Asylum
Benoit Girard .... visual effects supervisor: Digital Dimensiion
Jeff Gordon .... system support engineer
Todd Groves .... digital effects artist
Joe Ken .... Inferno artist: Asylum
Michael Lori .... 3D tracking
Alex MacDonald .... cablecam operator
Dave McGhie .... digital compositor
Nathan McGuinness .... senior visual effects supervisor: Asylum
Matthew Merkovich .... visual effects artist
Jerome Morin .... visual effects producer
Steve Muangman .... Inferno artist
Kosta Saric .... visual effects editor: Asylum Visual Effects
Gunther Schatz .... digital visual effects artist
Marion Spates .... digital effects artist: Digital Dimension
Leandro Visconti .... compositor: Digital Dimension
 
Stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunt coordinator
Lars Grant .... stunt double
Bill Ranford .... stunt double
Clay Virtue .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bruce Adams .... first assistant camera (as Michael Adams)
Kevin Black .... key grip
Tom Chen .... video assistant
Mark Cohen .... assistant camera
Mark Cohen .... focus puller: "b" camera
Kevin Hall .... camera operator: 2nd unit
Rod Haney .... rigging grip
Tim Heller .... second unit gaffer/lighting technician
Kieran Humphries .... first assistant camera
Philip Linzey .... director of photography: second unit
Bill Molnar .... best boy grip
Paul T. Murakami .... daily grip
Robert L. O'Hara .... a dolly grip
Guy Paterson .... best boy electric
Aki Shigematsu .... second assistant camera: "c" camera
Graham Tucker .... camera trainee
Carrie Wilson .... second assistant camera
David Kohler .... lamp operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Mary L. Agnes .... casting associate
Beth Bowling .... casting: New York
Heike Brandstatter .... casting associate: Canada
Courtney Gross .... casting associate
Celeste Leger .... casting assistant
Coreen Mayrs .... casting: Canada
Mandy Milicevic .... extras casting assistant
Kim Miscia .... casting: New York
Carolyn Pickman .... casting: Boston
Lisa Ratke .... extras casting
Edward D. Rea .... casting assistant: Canada
Nadia Lubbe Simon .... casting associate: New York (as Nadia Lubbe)
Dorothy Szymanska .... casting: Vancouver
Amy Greene Vines .... casting assistant (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anthea Mallinson .... costume breakdown/dyer
Heather Seshadri .... costume breakdown/dyer (as Heather Rupert)
Lee Sollenberger .... hockey costumer
Nancy Duggan .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Alan Edward Bell .... additional editor
Mike Bellamy .... digital colorist
Thom Kyle .... assistant editor
Kevin Lefler .... editorial assistant
Donald Likovich .... assistant editor
Daric Loo .... editor: opening segment
Aaron Marshall .... first assistant editor
Julia Nessling-Douglas .... digital intermediate project manager
Lorie Olson .... assistant editor
Martin Ostrom .... assistant editor
Kim Roseborough .... assistant editor
Claudio Sepulveda .... telecine transfer: Toybox
Jeff Smithwick .... color timer
Jim Towne .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
James Burt .... music editor
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Marc Gebauer .... scoring technician
Stephen Krause .... music scoring mixer
Ken Kugler .... orchestrator
Jason La Rocca .... assistant score mixer
Jason Lloyd .... scoring assistant
Frank Macchia .... orchestrator
Marina Manukian .... musician
David Marquette .... score recordist
Cindy O'Connor .... music programmer
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Brian Ross .... music supervisor
Peter Rotter .... orchestra contractor
Curtis Roush .... supervising music editor
Jay Selvester .... scoring assistant
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Booker White .... music preparation
Melissa Orquiza .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Lawrence Albright .... driver
David Holm .... transportation captain
Scott Irvine .... transportation coordinator
Herb Langill .... hair/make-up driver
 
Other crew
Stacy Adamski .... assistant: Gavin O'Connor
Emanuele Ancorini .... skating coach
Doreen Beaulac .... first assistant accountant
Thomas Bianco .... production accountant
Deborah D. Bose .... location manager
Darcy Boulton .... athletic trainer
Herb Brooks .... consultant
Brian Bruskrud .... post accounting
Andrew Buziak .... payroll accountant
Terence Chase .... security
Eunice Choi .... production assistant
Sean Cummings .... production assistant
Rob Doak .... video coordinator
Geoffrey Dodd .... assistant hockey coordinator
Mike Doiron .... trainee assistant location manager
Mark Robert Ellis .... hockey coordinator
Ray Felipe .... script researcher
Sean Finnan .... production assistant
Corinna Gagnon .... security
Ed Georgica .... equipment manager
Edward Georgica .... equipment manager
Alexander Glua .... production assistant
Michelle Harris .... production assistant
Brandon Hart .... photo double
Keith Johnson .... athletic trainer
Keith Johnson .... hockey trainer
Patricia Johnson .... publicist
Brittney Joseph .... assistant: Mark Ciardi and Gorgon Gray (as Brittnay Nance)
Faria Khan .... production assistant
Leslie Knoll .... accounting clerk
Marian Koprada .... key production assistant
Susan Lambie .... script supervisor
Ted Lorenz .... athletic trainer
Grant Lutz .... production assistant
Mike MacCuish .... post-production accountant
Terry Mackay .... location manager
Aimee McDaniel .... production assistant
Robert Milicevic .... security
W. Robert Millar .... assistant location manager
Robert Miller .... assistant hockey coordinator
Christopher V. Nelson .... technical advisor
Kathleen Nurit .... production coordinator
Mark Nykolaichuk .... equipment manager
Louisa Phung .... production assistant
Yaroslav Poverlo .... voice: Assistant Russian Coach
John Rollins .... production assistant
Deborah Ross .... title designer
Karen Sanderson .... assistant location manager
Courtney Schorr .... assistant: Mark Ciardi and Gorgon Gray
Darren Shmyr .... extras craft service
Carmen Siegers .... assistant: Justis Greene
Tammy Tamkin .... production assistant
Mac Torluccio .... assistant to production executive
Kathleen Whelan .... production coordinator
Jeff Wonnenberg .... production assistant
Cal Wrenn .... assistant hockey coordinator
Tim Ballou .... script clearance manager (uncredited)
Dennis Eric Lehman .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Herb Brooks .... dedicatee
 

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Rated PG for language and some rough sports action
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Trivia:
In real life, the "Herbies" after the Norway game did not end with Mike Eruzione saying he played for the United States of America. They instead ended with Mark Johnson's frustration of having to do the Herbies, he smashed his stick against the glass.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Shortly after the U.S.A. scores its third goal in the match vs. the U.S.S.R., the scoreboard over the center of the rink shows a score of U.S.A. 4 - U.S.S.R. 3.See more »
Quotes:
Craig Patrick:You're missing some of the best players.
Herb Brooks:I'm not looking for the best players, Craig. I'm looking for the right ones.
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Surprisingly Good Sports Film Lacking Most Cliché, 28 February 2010
Author: classicalsteve from Oakland, CA

During the 2010 Winter Olympics, NBC broadcast a 30-minute documentary piece on the 1980 US Olympic ice hockey team. While I knew the story of how they beat the Soviets and won the Gold Medal (I had seen it live as a kid), I was expecting some clichéd rhetoric about the team and what they had done, akin to films like "Knute Rockne, All American" (1940) and "Rocky" (1976). I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story was anything but. The coach of that team, Herbert Brooks, was no hackneyed clone of a Knute Rockne or a Vince Limbardo. Instead he was a tight-fisted uncompromising hockey general who distanced himself from his players, more like a Bobby Knight than a Knute. This was not someone with whom teammates would feel comfortable having a beer. Instead, his inspiration to the players came from the other direction, by exposing their weaknesses and in some cases using unfairness and resentment as anchors from which to get the best out of his players. I decided that "Miracle" might be worth a look, especially as a prelude to the US vs Canada in the gold medal round of 2010 Olympic Hockey.

Kurt Russell portrays Herbert Brooks as a lean and mean hockey coach who leaves sentimentality at the front door of the ice hockey rink. From the get-go he informs his players he's not there to be their friend. His goal is to let loose their highest playing potential coupled with the best conditioning among the Olympic hockey players at all costs. At times, he seems to be driving the players too hard well-beyond their comfort zones. Much of the story is the unconventional training techniques he uses to prepare the players for the 1980 Winter Olympics. According to the film, Brooks is relatively new to these techniques which he adopted while studying USSR hockey. His plan is to use the Soviets' techniques against them in the Olympics, which is not just about strategy but also about extreme discipline and an uncompromising tough sensibility akin to the military. One character points out that everything Brooks does has a purpose behind it.

The only short-coming in the script may be the portrayal of Brooks' wife who finds her relationship with her husband compromised, at least according to the film. I wondered if it played out in real life as in the film or if it was fabricated by the screenwriters. Too many sports movies have this sort of relationship with the wife acting as the balance between the obsessive coach and the needs of his family. She's been through this before. Why did she marry him in the first place? To be a successful account?

Certainly, most Americans know the outcome of the story, although the sequence of the game between the US and the Soviets is riveting and plays out about as well as the fight between Rocky and Apollo Creed. However, the meat of the story is really about the relationship between Brooks and his players, and the coach's single-minded determination to create the best Olympic team possible. By putting a certain amount of anger and determination into their hearts and heads, Brooks brings out the best in them, much like a sergeant in boot camp. The speech before the Americans played the Soviets is one of the better scenes of its type, leaving behind the "do it for the Gipper" silliness that has become a sports cliché. The only moment which was lacking in the film was the speech before the very final game when the US played Finland after the Soviets. In that speech, apparently Brooks told his team that if they didn't win, they would go to their graves regretting the missed opportunity. I would have liked to have seen Russell give that speech as well. Apparently Herb Brooks died before the principal shooting of this film had ended, and the film is dedicated to him. Just about as fitting a tribute as a coach could ask for.

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