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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
Chris Szarka ...
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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1.78 : 1
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Director TW Peacock plays number four on the Russia team. See more »


Phil Esposito: I don't know, boys. We're in a foreign land here...
Yvan Cournoyer: Yeah, where we're hated.
Phil Esposito: ...thousands of miles from home...
Gary Bergman: Where we're hated even more.
Phil Esposito: ...losing the biggest hockey series in the history of the world. And just when we thought it couldn't get any worse, we've been deserted. We're on our own, boys. Us against the world. So I say here's to us, and screw the rest of them. Screw the Sweedes, and screw the Russians, and screw the people back home who hate us. Screw the media, screw the ...
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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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