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Theo Fleury: Playing with Fire (2011)

Theo Fleury was an NHL star. He played for the Calgary Flames, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks. He made 50 million dollars and threw it away on drugs, alcohol and gambling. He ... See full summary »

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Kerry Fraser ...
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Theo Fleury was an NHL star. He played for the Calgary Flames, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks. He made 50 million dollars and threw it away on drugs, alcohol and gambling. He reached bottom, and bought a gun intending to kill himself. At the last minute he changed his mind. He wrote a book revealing that, as a teen, he'd been sexually abused by his coach. It created a firestorm of publicity and went on to become a No. 1 bestseller in Canada. Theo starred in a top-rated skating competition reality show and had a cameo in the opening film at TIFF last year. Inspired by the book, the documentary follows Theo's struggle with the aftermath of the book and gives his turmoil a voice. Written by Anonymous

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An intimate, often sad, dark, pulls no punches well done documentary
20 October 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This was surprisingly good documentary, providing an intimate look at Canadian hockey player Theo Fleury. The film utilizes archival footage and interviews with friends, family, bitter ex-wives and ex-teammates to shed light on his personal life and troubled childhood. Including Theo's sexual abuse and eventual fall from grace through drugs and alcohol, walking away from the NHL and millions of dollars in the middle of his career.

Following his book (Playing With Fire) it begins at the beginning with Theo taking us on a tour of his childhood home and the first rink he played on. We then join him on a road trip as he drives along reminiscing on his life's highlights and lowlights. Visiting Winnipeg, Calgary, New York, Chicago, New Mexico.

Its very dark, often sad and pulls no punches, you see the real man here. We follow Theo through the juniors and minor leagues into Calgary and subsequent trades. We witness him winning the World Junior championship, Stanley Cup, Canada cup, Olympic gold (he's very bitter about not being included in the hockey hall of fame.) We also hear about the utter chaos of his life; strippers, cocaine, gambling and thoughts of suicide.

A couple moments stood out for me; the camera crew driving aimlessly around an area in New Mexico because Theo can't remember where the house he lived in (for 4 years) is, looking sadly out the window "this one?" "no, try the next one" "That's what years of booze, cocaine and concussions will do to you." he explains.

Its was also pretty heartbreaking watching him smoke cigarettes outside of Madison Square Garden after being told he's not allowed inside. Fleury may never be able to mend the bridges he's burned. 03.09.14


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