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In 1972, a historical ice hockey game tournament is arranged where the cream of Canada's professional stars of the National Hockey League would play against the best of the Soviet Union's. Although Canada and the USSR have faced off repeatedly on the amateur level before, most of Canada is smugly convinced that the Soviets will be no match for the pros. However, that assumption is forcefully shot down when Team Canada is soundly trounced in the first game by the skilled Soviet Union team. What follows is a bitter struggle as Team Canada fights to recover in a series that would change Canadian hockey's self-image and history forever. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (email@example.com)
Watching this movie was difficult because of the shooting style used. Far too jumpy and with some pretty strange camera angles. I know they were trying to use a documentary style but the jumpiness of the cameras and the editing make it harder to watch and get a feel for what is going on. There wasn't a lot of flow, especially in the first of the two parts. The best parts of the film were the behind the scenes looks. The thoughts and actions of the players, coaches, politicians behind the scenes were definitely interesting. Unfortunately we don't know how much of it was accurate and how much of it was dramatised but hopefully they kept it as accurate as possible. Was The Big M (that's Frank Mahovlich) really that paranoid? Did Paul Henderson really just call Peter Mahovlich off and jump on the ice to score the winning goal in game 8? It would have been good if they had given some time to some of the other players who didn't play. There was no mention, for example, of Bobby Orr, yet he practised and travelled with the team but couldn't play because he was coming off knee surgery and didn't have medical clearance. Getting some insight into what he was thinking and how difficult it must have been to watch would have been interesting.
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