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The Rocket: The Legend of Rocket Richard (2005)

Maurice Richard (original title)
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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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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20 April 2007 (USA)  »

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CAD 8,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Roy Dupuis has played the part of Maurice Richard three times. First in'Heritage Minutes (1991)' - a series of short sixty-second films depicting events or characters from Canadian history- and later in 'Maurice Richard: Histoire d'un Canadien' See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Features The Sweater (1980) See more »

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the rocket
30 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a person of French descent as well as French Canadian this movie was the best sports movie i've ever seen better than Raging Bull i almost cried tears of heartfelt pride Maurice Richard is a cultural icon he allowed us to hold our heads really high and like Jackie Robinson he sparked a cultural revolution for Le Quebecois after years OF racial prejudice he was like a burning flame in the darkest of places

for us he was our beacon from humble beginnings he rose to greatness so we to are able to rise

i can't really remember a time i didn't know about him and his legacy and what he meant to us as french people especially the riots of march 17th 1955 in Montreal and through out the Quebec province


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