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

PG  |   |  Biography, Drama, Sport  |  20 April 2007 (USA)
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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.



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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


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 (

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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 »

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Release Date:

20 April 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Rocket  »

Box Office


CAD 8,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


All of the NHL game scenes were filmed at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, as the Montreal Forum was converted to retail space after closing in 1996 and the other arenas depicted in the film were demolished by the time filming commenced. The Colisée was home to the Quebec Nordiques, which played in the World Hockey Association (1972-1979) and the NHL (1972-1995). Maurice Richard himself briefly coached the Nordiques during their inaugural WHA season. See more »


During the scene where N.Y. Rangers Bob Dill (Sean Avery), challenges the Rocket to a fight, a skater wearing headphones and a modern-looking black/orange/white hockey jersey labeled "Big Dog", briefly appears in the foreground of a shot where Dill makes his approach. See more »


Dick Irvin: Richard, people are saying you're a waste of money. A WASTE OF MONEY... you're playing tonight.
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Crazy Credits

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


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User Reviews

Cinderella Man, Hoosiers, Rocky....
21 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

There are many great sports films and The Rocket belongs among the best of the best. If you liked Cinderella Man i would hazard to say that you might like The Rocket even more, especially hockey fans. I, myself am a fan of the Montreal Canadians and took two friends who were not and they both said that it was a great, great movie.

I went into the theatre with modest expectations, as it was a Canadian made film without a huge budget and yet when i left i felt like i had to wipe the grime from the factory that the rocket worked off of my clothes. I have no doubt that this film will be nominated for best foreign film at the Oscars next year, you don't need to know who the rocket is to really enjoy this film.


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