MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 17,568 this week

The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard (2005)
"Maurice Richard" (original title)

 -  Biography | Drama | Sport  -  20 April 2007 (USA)
7.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 4,176 users  
Reviews: 31 user | 20 critic

A story about Quebec's most famous hockey player, Maurice "The Rocket" Richard, focusing on the struggles of a French Canadian in the National Hockey League dominated by Anglophones.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 45 titles
created 25 Aug 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 13 Sep 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 29 Mar 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 17 Dec 2012
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard (2005)

The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard (2005) on IMDb 7.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard.

User Polls

12 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Les Boys (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Ever wanted to know what guys say when they get together? This light- hearted comedy explores the male world through an amateur hockey team. Every male stereotype is analyzed, comically of ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Saia
Stars: Marc Messier, Rémy Girard, Patrick Huard
Pond Hockey (2008)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Pond Hockey examines the changing culture of sports through insightful interviews with hockey stars, experts, journalists and local rink rats alike. More than just a celebration of a ... See full summary »

Director: Tommy Haines
Stars: Neal Broten, Wayne Gretzky, Marián Gáborík
Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In this sly comedy, six of the world's worst gangsters managed to heist $2 million, but only one got away. Now after four years in the clink, five bumbling thieves from Montreal are forced ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Scott
Stars: Roy Dupuis, Patrice Robitaille, Aure Atika
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Jean-François Pouliot
Stars: Marc Béland, Gabriel Gascon, Michel Muller
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young woman is forced to marry an old greedy man to save her father from bankruptcy although she has promised her heart to another man.

Director: Charles Binamé
Stars: Pierre Lebeau, Karine Vanasse, Roy Dupuis
Les Boys III (2001)
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Three years have passed since the tournament in France and the team formed the Boys always seem great team. When a rich businessman comes in, everything changed.

Director: Louis Saia
Stars: Marc Messier, Rémy Girard, Patrick Huard
Les Boys II (1998)
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Stan and his team are back. This time, they will meet in Chamonix to compete in an international hockey championship.

Director: Louis Saia
Stars: Marc Messier, Rémy Girard, Patrick Huard
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A story of a Canadian family and one son's journey to make it to play in a professional hockey league. Supported and hindered by his immediate family, Stephan Kanachowski experiences a ... See full summary »

Director: Dwayne Beaver
Stars: Gabrielle Rose, Curtis Bechdholt, Deanna Milligan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A much-needed boost, in the form of a new factory, is promised to the residents of the tiny fishing village St. Marie-La-Mauderne, provided they can lure a doctor to take up full-time residency on the island. Inspired, the villagers devise a scheme to make Dr. Christopher Lewis a local.

Director: Jean-François Pouliot
Stars: David Boutin, Lucie Laurier, Raymond Bouchard
Les Boys IV (2005)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Four years later, Stan invites his men closed in an outfitter retirement. Their goal: to face the team of the legends of the National League.

Director: George Mihalka
Stars: Rémy Girard, Pierre Lebeau, Luc Guérin
The Rocket (2013)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred ... See full summary »

Director: Kim Mordaunt
Stars: Sitthiphon Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Suthep Po-ngam
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Gabriel Pelletier
Stars: Michel Côté, Sylvie Léonard, Patrick Huard
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Lucille Richard (as Julie Le Breton)
...
Tommy Gorman
Patrice Robitaille ...
Émile 'Butch' Bouchard
...
M. Norchet
Diane Lavallée ...
Alice Norchet
...
Frank Selke
François Langlois-Vallières ...
Pierre-François Legendre ...
Georges Norchet
Mario Jean ...
Paul Stuart
Robert Brouillette ...
Partisan fanatique
Benoît Girard ...
Paul St-Georges
Normand Chouinard ...
Michel Normandin
Paul Doucet ...
Camil Desroches
Edit

Storyline

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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rough sports action including fighting, some bloody images, some language and historical smoking throughout | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

20 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Rocket  »

Box Office

Budget:

CAD 8,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Roy Dupuis also played the part of Maurice Richard in an episode of Heritage Minutes - a series of short sixty-second films depicting events or characters from Canadian history. See more »

Goofs

The RCAF officer who rejects Maurice Richard's enlistment is wearing an only slightly modified modern Canadian air force uniform. At that time, the RCAF uniform was virtually identical to that of the RAF, which features light- and dark-blue bands on the cuffs as officer insignia. This officer's uniform very clearly had gold insignia on the cuffs, in keeping with what the modern air force has worn since the mid-1980s. See more »

Quotes

Dick Irvin: I need players who hate to lose!
Hockey player: I hate to lose, Mr. Irvin.
Dick Irvin: No, you don't.
See more »

Crazy Credits

We would like to thank Maurice Richard, the inspiration for this film. We would also like to thank his family. See more »

Connections

Features The Sweater (1980) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Best Hockey Movie Made So Far
15 April 2007 | by (Dundalk, Canada) – See all my reviews

I have been a hockey fan for almost 40 years and have collected almost every dramatic film ever made about the sport. But, I'd have to say that "The Rocket" is far and away, the best one ever made. The cinematography is stunning, the acting spellbinding and the story gripping. It tells the story of a simple and tortured man who drives himself to excel at the sport he loves. It leads him to become the reluctant hero of French-Canadian culture, self-perceived as being held back and oppressed by the anglophones.

Roy Dupuis, who portrayed Maurice in no less than two other cinematic projects, perfectly captures the fire and intensity of the man in a most fitting, if not THE crowning tribute, to the legend of Maurice "The Rocket" Richard. Biname goes to great lengths to duplicate the look and feel of the late-30s, on into the mid-50s and certainly captures the collective agony and anger of early-to-mid 20th century French Canada.

Julie LeBreton is beautiful and amazing as Richard's wife, Lucille. Notable also are the cameo appearances made by NHLers Sean Avery (Bob Dill), Vincent Lecavalier (Jean Beliveau); Mike Ricci (Elmer Lach), Ian Laperierre (Boom Boom Geoffrion) and Stephane Quintal (Dollard St. Laurent). What "Slap Shot" proved, "The Rocket" confirms. Pro hockey players are damn good actors!

I realize funding for this movie was brought up in the infamous "Sponsorship Scandal" that dissolved former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's Liberal government in 2006, but you can't fault it at any level. It was worth every cent used to make it and it will be hard for Canadian cinema to duplicate this level of quality ever again.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favourite Hockey Player friggin_idiot
focus on Quebec? arie_fr
Did this movie do well at the box office? guilhem_r
Sid The Kid Versus Alexander Ovechkin friggin_idiot
NHL Players in this Film ace098
Looking for info! nordiqueboy77

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?