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Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story (2013)

The story of the 1973 hockey season when aging legend Gordie Howe returned to the ice at the age of 44.

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Colleen Howe
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Bill Dineen
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Marty Howe
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Mark Howe
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Cathy Howe
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Mary James
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Doug Harvey
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Smoky McLeod
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Bobby Hull
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Murray Howe
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Ted Taylor
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Jack Stanfield
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John Schella
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The story of the 1973 hockey season when aging legend Gordie Howe returned to the ice at the age of 44.

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Biography | Drama | Sport

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Rated PG for rough hockey action, mild language, thematic elements and smoking

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4 May 2013 (USA)  »

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In the beginning of the film during Gordie Howe's retirement ceremony we see Howe's number raised to the rafters of Olympia Stadium. This raising shows the banners of Ted Lindsay and Sid Abel. While both players played along side Howe their numbers were not retired until 1991 and 1995 respectively. At the time of Howe's ceremony the only other retired number was Larry Aurie's #6 (an honor that would later be stripped from Aurie by current Wings owner Mike Ilitch) See more »

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Spirit In The Sky
Written and Performed by Norman Greenbaum
Published by Great Honesty Music Inc.
Courtesy of TransTone Music
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Gordie Howe's Comeback Season
28 April 2014 | by (Durham Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This made for TV movie is ambitiously titled, and therefore maybe a bit misleading. "Mr. Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story" can't really be said to live up to its title. It's basically about Gordie's comeback season in 1973-74. Retired for two years, and unhappily holding an executive position with his beloved Detroit Red Wings which gave him no involvement with the hockey operation, Howe was suddenly given a reason to make a comeback when the Houston Aeros of the upstart WHA drafted his two sons, Mark and Marty. Wanting to live out a lifelong dream, Gordie signs with the Aeros and returns to the game at the age of 45.

There's a lot in this movie that comes across as authentic. The rivalry between the NHL and the WHA is demonstrated through the bitterness of Red Wing owner Bruce Norris and Maple Leaf owner Harold Ballard. But much of this revolves around the internal dynamics of the Howe family - reluctantly moving to Texas so that Gordie could live this dream. The movie doesn't soft pedal the awkwardness of the situation faced by Marty and Mark. Gordie was a great hockey player - but also a tough one, nicknamed "Elbows" for his willingness to take out opponents and defend his team-mates. But, of course, when he does that for Marty and Mark, it only embarrasses them. Gordie becomes obsessed with proving that he belongs, obsessed with winning the scoring title, obsessed with leading the Aeros to the championship - sometimes at the expense of his family.

I thought the portrayal of Colleen Howe was a bit weak. She more or less ran the careers of Gordie, Marty and Mark, but we really didn't see that, except for one scene in which she negotiates with the Aeros' general manager.

Gordie's comeback is a worthy story. After the NHL-WHA merger, he played in the NHL until the age of 51 - an amazing accomplishment in a fast paced and rough game. It's a good portrayal of one very important WHA season. (6/10)


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