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D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)

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The unruly team of hockey misfits grows up a bit and receives scholarships to a prestigious prep school, where they take on the snotty varsity team.


Robert Lieberman


Steven Brill (characters), Kenneth Johnson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilio Estevez ... Gordon Bombay
Jeffrey Nordling ... Coach Orion
David Selby ... Dean Buckley
Heidi Kling ... Casey
Joshua Jackson ... Charlie
Joss Ackland ... Hans
Elden Henson ... Fulton (as Elden Ryan Ratliff)
Shaun Weiss ... Goldberg
Vincent LaRusso ... Banks (as Vincent A. Larusso)
Matt Doherty ... Averman
Garette Ratliff Henson ... Guy
Marguerite Moreau ... Connie
Michael Cudlitz ... Cole
Christopher Orr Christopher Orr ... Rick
Aaron Lohr ... Portman


In the third episode of this series, the Ducks get scholarships to Eden Hall Academy, a high ranking prep school. But as freshmen, they will have to face the snob varsity team... Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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No Fear. No Limits. No Brakes. Just Ducks.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some hockey rough-housing and mild language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Dwayne wears a Dallas Stars jersey during the Ducks' first practice at the Eden Hall rink. The Stars relocated from their longtime home of Bloomington, Minnesota to Dallas, Texas in 1993, a year after the franchise's predecessor, the Minnesota North Stars and the Met Center were featured in the first film. See more »


The school's ice rink has banners hanging from all over the ceiling and an American flag hanging almost flush to the wall. The flag is hanging vertically with the stars in the top right hand corner, when in fact the proper position of the stars, whether a flag hangs vertically or horizontally, is in the top left corner. See more »


Gordon Bombay: [to the board] These scholarships, an offer, became a binding contract upon the signatures of the recipients and acceptance by the Ducks. They cannot be voided except for cause which I guarantee you, you have none. Should you decide to pursue their cancellation, I will slap you with an injunction. I will tie this matter up in court for years until long after these kids have gone on to college. And I will collect damages. I will win because I am very, very good. You know why I'm so good? Because ...
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Grade 9
Written by Andy Creeggan, Jim Creeggan, Steven Page, Ed Robertson, and Tyler Stewart
Performed by Barenaked Ladies
Courtesy of Sire Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Humor Starts To Get A Bit Old
4 March 2017 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

The first "Mighty Ducks" film uses drama/emotion regarding the passion of youth hockey to create a fun movie. "D2" piles on the humor to create an even better sequel. "D3", however, tries to combine the two approaches, but ends up coming across as "just okay" on both of them.

For a basic plot summary, "D3" sees the Ducks handed from Coach Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) to Eden Hall, a prestigious prep school giving the entire team full-ride scholarships. When new coach Ted Orion (Jeffrey Nordling) doesn't seem to working out all that well, as well as countless feuds with the established varsity team, the Ducks (as always led by Charlie Conway (Joshua Jackson)) must make some difficult decisions regarding their future.

The reason why this movie is "okay" while the others are a cut above, is that "D3" is essentially a carbon copy of its two predecessor. It uses the same basic dramatic formula of the first movie, while many of the jokes come straight out of "D2". Basically, the franchise had worn out its creative juices. Disney movies like this always walk the fine line between "heartwarming & fun" and "incredibly cheesy & dumb". While the first two walked the line perfectly, this one falls off into the latter category.

"D3" isn't a terrible movie, but it just can't capture the gusto of the previous efforts. I probably shouldn't complain too much, as these movies are essentially made for kids (and those kids will still love this one), but as an adult and factoring in the nostalgia factor, this is the one where, for the first time in the entire franchise, I thought "this is starting to get stupid".

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Release Date:

4 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,170,358, 6 October 1996

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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