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Miracle (2004)

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The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

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Gavin O'Connor

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Eric Guggenheim
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Herb Brooks
Patricia Clarkson ... Patti Brooks
Noah Emmerich ... Craig Patrick
Sean McCann Sean McCann ... Walter Bush
Kenneth Welsh ... Doc Nagobads
Eddie Cahill ... Jim Craig
Patrick O'Brien Demsey ... Mike Eruzione
Michael Mantenuto ... Jack O'Callahan
Nathan West ... Rob McClanahan
Kenneth Mitchell ... Ralph Cox
Eric Peter-Kaiser ... Mark Johnson
Bobby Hanson Bobby Hanson ... Dave Silk
Joseph Cure ... Mike Ramsey
Billy Schneider Billy Schneider ... Buzz Schneider
Nate Miller Nate Miller ... John 'Bah' Harrington
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Storyline

The inspiring story of the team that transcended its sport and united a nation with a new feeling of hope. Based on the true story of one of the greatest moments in sports history, the tale captures a time and place where differences could be settled by games and a cold war could be put on ice. In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team's coach, Herb Brooks, took a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation yearning from a distraction from world events. With the world watching the team rose to the occasion, prompting broadcaster Al Michaels' now famous question, to the millions viewing at home: Do you believe in miracles? Yes! Written by Sujit R. Varma

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The story of the greatest moment in sports history. See more »


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Rated PG for language and some rough sports action | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 February 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csoda a jégen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,377,577, 8 February 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$64,378,093, 6 May 2004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,445,708
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2.40 : 1
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Trivia

While Al Michaels joined the film to recreate commentary for the games, Gavin O'Connor decided to use the last ten seconds of Michaels' original "Do you believe in miracles?" call in the film, because he felt he couldn't ask him to recreate the emotion he experienced at that moment. Thus, they cleaned up the recording to make the transition to the authentic call as seamless as possible. See more »

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When cutting players from the team, one shot shows the name Les Auge crossed off while Craig Patrick crosses off the name Jack Hughes. A short time later another shot shows him crossing off Auge with the name Hughes unmarked. See more »

Quotes

Herb Brooks: I got a telegram from a lady in Texas today, and you know what it said?
Patty Brooks: What?
Herb Brooks: Beat those Commie bastards. We're playing a hockey game against the greatest team in the world, and they're the best that's ever played this game. Why can't we just leave it at that?
Patty Brooks: Because this is more than a hockey game to a lot of people.
Herb Brooks: Yeah and I keep running through them all. Johnson on Mikhailov. Broten on Petrov. Pav against whoever OV. We just... We don't match up, Patti.
Patty Brooks: You might want to skip that when ...
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Must Of Got Lost
Written by Peter Wolf, Seth Justman
Performed by The J. Geils Band
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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Russell Shines in Story of '80 Olympic Hockey Triumph...
13 May 2004 | by cariartSee all my reviews

MIRACLE, the Disney retelling of the U.S. Hockey squad's astonishing Gold Medal performance at Lake Placid in 1980, is not a great film (a TV-movie from 1981, "Miracle on Ice", despite the bizarre casting of 69-year old Karl Malden as 43-year old coach Herb Brooks, is superior, although relying heavily on TV footage for game sequences), but it does offer Kurt Russell in one of the finest performances of his long career.

The 53-year old Russell, a life-long veteran of both TV and film (making his debut on a "Sugarfoot" TV episode, at age 6), has developed a reputation over the past two decades as a very competent, if not overpowering leading man, primarily in action films (ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, TOMBSTONE, BREAKDOWN) and comedies (USED CARS, CAPTAIN RON, OVERBOARD). What is often forgotten, however, is that he has remarkable 'range' as an actor, with brilliant performances in the TV-movie "Elvis" (1979), the underrated SWING SHIFT (1984, where he met his long-time love, Goldie Hawn), and 2003's DARK BLUE (as a crooked cop searching for redemption during the bloody aftermath of the Rodney King riots in L.A.). As age has carved his features, Russell has lost the "beach boy" glamor that had often 'stereotyped' him in the past, and gives his 'Herb Brooks' a sense of credibility and pain that lifts his performance to Academy Award caliber.

Herb Brooks was a remarkable person, long before Lake Placid. Despite success in coaching a string of national champion college hockey teams, he had never recovered from being the last player 'cut' from the 1960 Gold Medal U.S. hockey squad, and from being a member of the '64 and '68 teams that were humiliated by the Soviets. Driven by a desire to beat the nearly invincible Russian squad, he realized that a group of college 'all-stars' would never possess the 'team' skills to get the job done. Ruthlessly, refusing the assistance of the U.S. Olympic Hockey Committee, he pieced together a squad of talented skaters, 'broke' them, then remolded them to fit his vision, working them unmercifully for over six months, while spouting Vince Lombardi-like platitudes. Despite his torturous regimen, just days before the Olympics, his team would be humiliated by the Soviets, 10-3, and no one gave his squad a chance for a medal.

But Brooks had faith, and a squad that was 'hungry'...

While the film suffers from a lack of depth in the portrayal of the players (by the way, they do all their own skating; TV footage is not used), MIRACLE's 'feel' of the decade is well-done, using montages and voice-overs to convey the American sense of helplessness in a decade of tragedies. The unexpected U.S. victory galvanized the nation (Al Michaels' stunned reaction, "Do you believe in Miracles?", has become a catch phrase for both the game, and the times), and actually contributed to turning the country around.

While the Academy Awards will probably ignore Kurt Russell's commanding performance (as the film was not a 'hit'), MIRACLE is still a film worth viewing, given our own troubled times. While the film may not be 'great', it's message of hope is certainly worthwhile!


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