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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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(2 parts)


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1.78 : 1
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Gord Downey auditioned for the role of Ken Dryden. In real life, Harry Sinden (coach of Team Canada) is Gord's godfather. Also, Mike Smith and John Paul Tremblay, both famous for playing Bubbles and Julian on the hit Canadian TV show "Trailer Park Boys", auditioned for members of the team as well. See more »


Harry Sinden: The only thing that matters now is winning. We win this game... we win the series. We vindicate ourselves - and everything we stand for.
[long pause]
Peter Mahovlich: Let's do it boys.
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This is Canada's MIRACLE.
9 April 2006 | by (Red Earth, Saskatchewan) – See all my reviews

First, let me say I enjoyed this TV movie more than I thought. Like nearly every other Canadian over 40, I remember the Henderson goal and the drama leading up to it. So, I thought a drama about "the drama" would surely fall short. I was pleasantly surprised. The key characters are all well represented with their most memorable features intact. We have Eagleson the Shyster, Sinden the Skinflint, Espo the Braggart, Ferguson the Vulgar, Cournoyer the Shy, Dryden the Intellectual, and Henderson the Hero (sort of a Canuck 7 dwarfs). The period setting and feel is dead on, reminiscent of the movie TRUDEAU which took place roughly the same time. Like TRUDEAU, the true Canadian soundtrack helps immensely. The Poppy Family's "Evil Grows", Lighthouse's "One Fine Morning", Crowbar's "Oh, What A Feeling", and 2 tunes each from Five Man Electrical Band("Signs","Absolutely Right") and The Guess Who("No Sugar Tonight" and "No Time")punctuate the plot at appropriate times. The film ends with Leonard Cohen's haunting "Avalanche" playing as a sense of relief settles over the players. This 70s soundtrack serves to remind us that we've produced great musicians as well as great athletes. Personally, I prefer watching highlights of the original thing (Cournoyer, the Roadrunner who got the TYING goal was a bigger hero to me than Henderson at the time), but this movie's heart is in the right place and you can't fault them for that. This movie will have limited appeal to non Canadians and non hockey fans, but for the rest of us, it is a pure delight to be reminded of our MIRACLE, our shot heard around the world, at least this part of the world.

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