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

 -  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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Lucille Richard (as Julie Le Breton)
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Tommy Gorman
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Émile 'Butch' Bouchard
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M. Norchet
Diane Lavallée ...
Alice Norchet
Tony Calabretta ...
Frank Selke
François Langlois-Vallières ...
Pierre-François Legendre ...
Georges Norchet
Mario Jean ...
Paul Stuart
Robert Brouillette ...
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Benoît Girard ...
Paul St-Georges
Normand Chouinard ...
Michel Normandin
Paul Doucet ...
Camil Desroches
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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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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

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CAD 8,000,000 (estimated)
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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

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 »

Quotes

Dick Irvin: Richard, people are saying you're a waste of money. A WASTE OF MONEY... you're playing tonight.
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[referring to Maurice Richard] He's all of Quebec standing powerful and alive. See more »

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Action AND drama : one of those Sports movie that your girlfriend will also love!...
27 August 2006 | by (Montreal, Canada) – See all my reviews

This is a true biopic, depicting events that could be considered as corner stones of NHL's History as well as Hockey History. it exposes the life of the Rocket since he was a teenager. All facts are historical : the depression just before WW2, the social divisions (as those cages that surrounded an area reserved for francophones in the Forum). Most dialogs in hockey scenes are in English, as well as all those involving the team, coaches and so on, which is "by respect of historical facts" in the original french version. Actually, many dialogs are recreated as they took place (and can be verified in many biography about The Rocket), even the coach's (Irvin) "pep talks". Hockey scenes are true to reality, as the scenarios were matched with game descriptions and old clips, were reviewed by Richard himself before dying and also his wife, his children, as by Irvin sun's written and recorded testimonies and memories from his father (he was the first Mr. "Hockey Night in Canada" on CBC), reporters, and so on.

About the cast, my discovery is STEPHEN McHATTIE! HE IS JUST SUPERB IN IRVIN'S ROLE. Now that's a coach!! WOW. Actually the most credible I've seen in all sports movies around. Some of you who don't know about the Rocket, could find in Roy Dupuis some kind of weird acting... But actually, he played his role to the perfection, magnificently displaying the same kind of personality and behavior the Rocket had (he had the chance to study the guy's "attitude" in person for several years). The movie also adds historical drama, like the year when the Rocket broke Malone's record, a record that most considered as impossible to surpass, and which brought some sense of Victory to the people, just month before D-Day in Normandy (feb. 1945).

What you'll see in this movie, is what made such a man a true Canadian Hero, as it really was and took place during those days. It is also a true love story, about the couple Richard.


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