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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?


Vincent Lecavalier, who plays Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau, won the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy for leading the NHL in goals scored during the 2006-07 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

[referring to Maurice Richard] He's all of Quebec standing powerful and alive. See more »


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Ranks close 2nd to #1 hockey movie Slapshot
5 October 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Well done! The Rocket was a true inspiration to many and an icon in Canadian history. The NHL and Canada has changed in many ways since his playing days. This film biography inspires us to relive the past and to press forward in our own lives everyday. With a heart as large as the whole province of Quebec his courage was his most valuable asset. His passion to succeed was undeniable. The more popular he became through hockey the greater a threat he posed on the others that couldn't control him or french minorities. Yet, the legend was also a gentleman, a father and a role model for anyone who was fortunate to be in his presence. The film expresses all of this beautifully with an original feel and amazing on ice reenactments of famous games. Thanks for the film and thank you Mr. Richard.

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