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 Soviet squad.

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Gavin O'Connor

Writer:

Eric Guggenheim
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kurt Russell ... Herb Brooks
Patricia Clarkson ... Patti Brooks
Noah Emmerich ... Craig Patrick
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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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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Rated PG for language and some rough sports action | See all certifications »

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Trivia

At the national team hockey tryouts, one of the main characters, Jack O'Callahan greets another player Jim Craig, by saying, "What's up, you sieve?" In ice hockey slang, a sieve is a goal tender who allows too many shots to go through into his or her net. Jim Craig was the goalie for the American team. The "Sieve" chant was particularly popular with the University of Wisconsin, of which two players were on the 1980 Olympic team; defenseman Bob Suter, and center Mark Johnson, who was the MVP of the Olympic hockey tourney. See more »

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The net design is not consistent with actual footage of the game. See more »

Quotes

Herb Brooks: [making his team do sprints after a lackluster game] You keep playing this way, you won't beat anybody who's even good, let alone great! You wanna make this team? Then you better start playing at a level that's gonna FORCE ME to keep you here! AGAIN!
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Crazy Credits

During the final Walt Disney Pictures logo, you hear Herb say, "Again," then a whistle blows and the logo goes off. See more »


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White Christmas
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Miracle for Disney
13 May 2005 | by j-lacerraSee all my reviews

Don't let the fact that this is a Disney movie deter you from watching a thoroughly enjoyable and adult-level sports movie for two-plus hours. Kurt Russell does an excellent job portraying coach Herb Brooks as a complex and sometimes ruthless and inscrutable leader. Very UN-Disney-like indeed.

I am not a hockey fan - in fact I dislike the game intensely - yet I enjoyed the well-crafted scenes of competitive team play. Knowing the outcome of the BIG GAME did not detract at all from the excitement and suspense surrounding it. Sort of like the suspense Ron Howard achieved in Apollo 13 (where we knew in advance the outcome, but were worried about and later relieved for our astronauts).

A must-see for sports fans and non-fans alike.


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Release Date:

6 February 2004 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,377,577, 8 February 2004

Gross USA:

$64,378,093

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,445,708
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