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The Mystery of the Million Dollar Hockey Puck (1975)

A young orphan overhears a plot by thieves to smuggle diamonds out of Canada in the equipment of his favorite hockey team, the Montreal Canadiens. The thieves learn of his knowledge and come after him.

Directors:

Jean LaFleur (as Jean Lafleur), Peter Svatek

Writers:

Jean LaFleur (as Jean Lafleur), Peter Svatek
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Mike MacDonald Mike MacDonald ... Pierre (as Michael Macdonald)
Angele Knight Angele Knight ... Catou
Jean-Louis Millette ... Belletete
Kurt Schiegl Kurt Schiegl ... Napoleon
Marthe Thierry Marthe Thierry ... The Boss (as Marthe Thiery)
Michel Maillot ... Chauffeur
Jacques Desbaillets Jacques Desbaillets ... Ace (as Jacques Des Baillets)
Fred Doederlein Fred Doederlein ... Jeweller
Danny Gallivan Danny Gallivan ... Danny Gallivan
José Ledoux José Ledoux ... Desk Sergeant (as Jose Ledoux)
Bertrand Gagnon ... Detective
Pierre Labelle ... Bell Boy
Michel Morin Michel Morin ... Cop
Ursula von Arwin Ursula von Arwin ... Sister Margaret (as Ursula Von Arnim)
Claude St-Arnault Claude St-Arnault ... Referee
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Young teen Pierre Boulet and his pre-teen sister Catou Boulet are orphans who live in a Catholic orphanage in Chicoutimi, Québec. While in a florist shop one winter day, Pierre overhears Belletete and Napoleon, the shop proprietors, talking about a plot to smuggle $1 million worth of stolen diamonds out of the country, the diamonds hidden inside a hollowed out hockey puck. The plot involves retrieving the diamonds and the hockey puck from Québec City, where an unknown accomplice is constructing the hockey puck, and taking the puck to Montréal to place in the Montréal Canadien's equipment. The Canadien's will unwittingly smuggle the diamonds into the U.S. on their upcoming road trip. Sister Margaret, one of the orphanage administrators, does not believe Pierre's fantastical story due to his history of mischievous behavior. Despite knowing that Belletete and Napoleon know he overheard them, Pierre, with Catou at his side, decides to try and thwart the plan by recovering the diamonds ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1975 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

La poursuite mystérieuse See more »

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CAD 125,000 (estimated)
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Cinépix,DAL Productions See more »
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Color
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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum...
5 March 2006 | by animal_8_5See all my reviews

This film is pretty awful and gets worse as it gets less believable. A frolic in the frigid Quebec winter that heats up with the pursuit of international jewel thieves.

Unfortunately, I have an allergy to the cold, so my flesh puffs up just thinking about this film, which was made in the Canadian winter - please forgive me if my remembrances aren't entirely accurate: An institutionalized orphan goes to a flower shop in Chicoutimi and overhears of a plot to smuggle jewels inside a Montreal Canadians puck. He tries to tell others, including the presiding nun, the police, even the legendary "Le Gros Bill" Jean Beliveau, but no one believes him. It ends up he has to take his sister along to attempt to foil the crooks.

Some funny bits, particularly by the fancy room service waiter and the flower shop clerk that is allergic to daffodils. For you mechanics and vintage snowmobile buffs, don't miss the chase scene involving a Massey-Ferguson Ski Whiz. You'll discover legendary play-by-play man Danny Gallivan was the guy to go to if you needed adult help in 1970s Montreal.

The entire Montreal Canadians roster of 1973-74 is on display. I don't think Brian and Mila Mulroney are visible in the stands behind the Canadians bench (they had season's tickets during this era), but then I haven't seen the flick in a dog's age. A possible speaking role for Bob Gainey (I think another voice was dubbed in later) and a very strong segment featuring some fine acting by Habs equipment manager/trainer Eddie Palchak. You also get to see a closeup of Bleu-Blanc-Rouge super-fan "Dutchy" and his persistent "GO HABS GO" chant. Serge Savard's insidious grin will be his lasting contribution to motion pictures.

If it comes out on video, I suggest renting it. Its not worth owning, unless, of course, you are a big Eddie Palchak, or Danny Gallivan fan.


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