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D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996)

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.

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Robert Lieberman

Writers:

Steven Brill (characters), Kenneth Johnson (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilio Estevez ... Gordon Bombay
Jeffrey Nordling ... Coach Ted Orion
David Selby ... Dean Buckley
Heidi Kling ... Casey Conway
Joshua Jackson ... Charlie Conway
Joss Ackland ... Hans
Elden Henson ... Fulton Reed (as Elden Ryan Ratliff)
Shaun Weiss ... Greg "Goldie" Goldberg
Vincent Larusso ... Adam Banks (as Vincent A. Larusso)
Matt Doherty ... Lester Averman
Garette Ratliff Henson ... Guy Germaine
Marguerite Moreau ... Connie Moreau
Michael Cudlitz ... Cole
Christopher Orr Christopher Orr ... Rick
Aaron Lohr ... Dean Portman
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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


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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Campeões Imparáveis See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,170,358, 6 October 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,936,273, 2 February 1997
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mike Vitar's last film. See more »

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Julie's song says that Fulton has only been able to skate for one year but he had been on the team for a couple years. (While Charlie said most of the team had been together for 4 years; Guy, Averman, Goldberg, Connie and himself were together sometime before becoming the Ducks. Only about a year or less has passed between each movie meaning Fulton has been on the team about 2 years. They were in 6th grade in the 1st movie and in the 3rd are Freshman.) See more »

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Connie Moreau: [to Guy] This ninja stuff really makes you look, uh, I don't know how you say, um...
Guy Germaine: [suavely] Ruggedly handsome?
Connie Moreau: Amazingly stupid.
Guy Germaine: [sarcastically] Very funny.
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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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