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Canada Russia '72 (2006)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, History, Sport  |  9 April 2006 (Canada)
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CANADA RUSSIA '72 is shot in a fluid documentary style that effectively captures all the immediacy of the '72 hockey summit's intrigues.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Booth Savage ...
Harry Sinden
Alan Eagleson
Walter Learning ...
Charlie Hay
Mark A. Owen ...
John Ferguson (as Mark Owen)
Sonia Laplante ...
Gabrielle Fournier
David Berni ...
Ken Dryden
Vic Hadfield
Rod Gilbert
Louis Philippe Dandenault ...
Yvan Cournoyer (as Louis-Philip Dandenault)
Frank Mahovlich
Hugh Thompson ...
Gary Bergman
Paul Henderson (as David Miller)
Wayne Cashman
Peter Mahovlich


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 (

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(2 parts)


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1.78 : 1
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Actor Walter Learning, known for his shock of silver hair, had his head shaved daily to emulate the bald pate of Hockey Hall of fame founder Charlie Hay. See more »


Gabrielle Fournier: What Bobby Clarke did tonight was vicious.
John Ferguson: Ms. Fournier, hockey's a rough game. It gets tough out there. I don't care how we win, just as long as we win.
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Hooray for CBC for super effort
12 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

First-rate cast and script! David Miller (Paul Henderson) was a stand-out, as was Judah Katz (Eagleson) Keep up the excellent work, CBC! I especially appreciated the accuracy of this account I felt the job was particularly good in view of the iconic nature of this project. The writers and director resisted the temptation to emotionally overload the story with a lot of false rhetoric. I appreciated the script's subtlety, the sense of duality felt by team-members, wanting to play their very best, yet under intense pressure to succumb to the 'win at all costs' mentality, perfectly exemplified by Henderson/Miller and Esposito on one hand, and 'The Eagle', Fergie and Clarke on the other. Like many Canadians I'm sure, as the series progressed, I felt I really just wanted my guys to "pull it together", and win the series- no matter how Hard-Assed they had to be to win it! Thanks again CBC! A very classy product! Mike Fullerton

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