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In the late 1930s, a young machinist named Maurice Richard distinguished himself as an ice hockey player of preternatural talent. Although that was enough to get him into the Montreal Canadiens, his frequent injuries cost him the confidence of his team and the fans. In the face of these doubts, Richard eventually shows the kind of aggressive and skillful play that would make him one of the greatest players of all time as "The Rocket." However for all his success, Richard and his fellow French Canadians face constant discrimination in a league dominated by the English speaking. Although a man of few words, Richard begins to speak his own mind about the injustice which creates a organizational conflict that would culminate in his infamous 1955 season suspension that sparks an ethnic riot in protest. In the face of these challenges, Richard must decide who exactly is he playing for. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
In the shaving scene which takes place in the mid-1950's Dupuis (as Richard) is using a safety razor that hadn't yet been invented - it wouldn't be invented and marketed until about 1963. The razor has a numbered dial, which the film shows in close-up, round its handle; this dial changed the spacing between the razor blade and the head of the shaver; safety razors in the 50's, and earlier, did not have this space-setting dial feature. See more »
Richard, people are saying you're a waste of money. A WASTE OF MONEY... you're playing tonight.
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We would like to thank Maurice Richard, the inspiration for this film. We would also like to thank his family. See more »
This was an excellent movie. It will definitely be collecting quite a few rewards. If you're a hockey fan, you'll love it. If you're a movie fan, you should see it. If you're a Canadian, this is your history on film. I'm tired of constantly hearing people grumble about the state of Canadian cinema ("not enough money blah blah blah"). Well this is a great Canadian movie that stands up, so go see it and support it. This is one of those great films everyone's been saying they wanted.. It's about one of the greatest hockey players ever, and it's one of the greatest hockey movies ever. There is a lot of history in this film and it looks gorgeous. Roy Dupuis is excellent. One thing I did wonder, however, is why there is nothing about Henri Richard in it.
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