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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Mark A. Owen ...
 John Ferguson (2 episodes, 2006)
Sonia Laplante ...
 Gabrielle Fournier (2 episodes, 2006)
David Berni ...
 Phil Esposito (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Ken Dryden (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Vic Hadfield (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Rod Gilbert (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Yvan Cournoyer (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Frank Mahovlich (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Gary Bergman (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Paul Henderson (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Wayne Cashman (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Peter Mahovlich (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Bobby Clarke (2 episodes, 2006)
Marc Savard ...
 Serge Savard (2 episodes, 2006)
Jason Thibodeau ...
 Jean-Paul Parise (2 episodes, 2006)
Rob Brydges ...
 Bill Goldsworthy (2 episodes, 2006)
Yuriy Sobeshchakov ...
 Vsevolod Gresko (2 episodes, 2006)
Leo Vernik ...
 Vladislav Tretiak (2 episodes, 2006)
Joel Cousins ...
 Valeri Kharlamov (2 episodes, 2006)
Sergei Nikolich ...
 Chemyshev (2 episodes, 2006)
Glen Gray ...
 Vyacheslav Starshinov (2 episodes, 2006)
Albert Bondarenko ...
 Yuri Liapkin (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Joe Kryczka (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Tretiak - on ice (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Anatoly Tarasov (2 episodes, 2006)
Tony Quinn ...
 Dick Beddoes (2 episodes, 2006)
Robert Bockstael ...
 Stuart Gibbons (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Kompalla (2 episodes, 2006)
Maxim Atanassov ...
 Russian Translator (2 episodes, 2006)
Linda Brooks ...
 Lynda Dryden (2 episodes, 2006)
McKenzi Scott ...
 Arlene Hadfield (2 episodes, 2006)
Micha Fardy ...
 Jane Bergman (2 episodes, 2006)
Alina Mikholouk ...
 Anna Kharlomov (2 episodes, 2006)
Ilkay Silk ...
 Ambassador Meagher (2 episodes, 2006)
Sheldon Garland ...
 Toronto Reporter #1 (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Don Short (Boston Reporter) (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Taxi Driver (2 episodes, 2006)
Marshall Button ...
 Canadian Scout (2 episodes, 2006)
Tim Turnell ...
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Malcolm MacRury ...
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Douglas Bell ...
 Boston Reporter #2 (2 episodes, 2006)
Wally MacKinnon ...
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Chisholm Pothier ...
 Radio Reporter (2 episodes, 2006)
Andrea Roy ...
 Rod Gilbert's Brother (2 episodes, 2006)
Tania Rudolph ...
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Christian Soucy ...
 Canadian Fan with Horn (2 episodes, 2006)
Kim Dunn ...
 Game Six Journalist (2 episodes, 2006)
Misha Nosachenko ...
 Russian Boy (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Alan Eagleson (2 episodes, 2006)
Walter Learning ...
 Charlie Hay (2 episodes, 2006)
Jimmy MacKinley ...
 Russian Soldier (2 episodes, 2006)
Jamie Reid ...
 Esposito heckler (2 episodes, 2006)
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 Harry Sinden (2 episodes, 2006)
Foster Hewitt ...
 Himself (2 episodes, 2006)
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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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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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 »

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Gabrielle Fournier: Mr. Sinden.
Harry Sinden: Ms. Fournier. How are you enjoying Sweden so far?
Gabrielle Fournier: Oh, probably as much as you are.
Harry Sinden: A 4-4 tie must please you. Everyone gets to go home happy, don't you think?
Gabrielle Fournier: You don't want to know what I think.
Harry Sinden: Try me.
Gabrielle Fournier: I think your players acted like criminals tonight. Do you know what they're calling us? "Team Ugly."
Harry Sinden: Oh.
Gabrielle Fournier: And that's just their own people. Can you imagine what the rest of the world is saying?
Harry Sinden: You know Ms. Fournier, the average Canadian, they might never forgive us if we lose this ...
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Low budget or just incompetence?
11 April 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The 4 is for the dramatic content, historical accuracy, etc. The rest (i.e. : nil) is for the technical aspect of the production. We were very disappointed with the sound and the picture. (Doesn't leave much, does it?)Why the "Blair Witch Project" cinematography? All it accomplished was to create tired, blurry eyes. The sound levels were very uneven, and there were subtitles missing (for those of us who don't speak Russian!). Many scene transitions were very amateurish. In fact, my wife and I thought we were watching somebody's High School project. If the poor quality of the production was an attempt to provide authenticity, let's err on the "Hollywood" side, and come up with something more watchable. Low budget or not, if CBC wants to stay in business, they need to come out with much better material.


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