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
There are two "bookend" moments in the film. The first is where the audience sees Robbie McClanahan taping his hockey stick in the locker room before the try-outs, and then sees him doing the same thing in the locker room immediately before the Soviet Olympic game. It ties the early, rag-tag hopefuls together with the conditioned, tightly-bonded Olympic team. The second is when Mark Johnson looks nervous and looks away first, in the face-off against the Soviet Captain, in the warm-up game, in Madison Square Garden, but, in the face-off at the beginning of the Olympic game, Mark out-stares the Soviet Captain, and forces him to look away first. It shows the confidence and determination of the U.S. team on that fateful evening, compared with their insecurity just thirteen days previously against the Soviet Union in New York City. See more »
The hockey competition was NOT a single elimination (knockout) tournament. In the first round, twelve teams were divided into two groups. The top two teams from each group advanced to the medal round and were awarded points based on their result against the other medal round-qualifiers from their group. USSR were seeded first with two points, by virtue of their preliminary round victory over Finland. USA and Sweden tied at the beginning of the competition and had one point each in the initial medal round standings. USA beat USSR and Finland to finish first with a total of five points, USSR beat Sweden in the final game of the competition to finish with four points, Sweden finished third by way of their tie against Finland, which finished fourth with one point. See more »
I was too young to have known anything about this game when it was played in real life, but it was definitely more than a game. It concerned world politics and the cold war. The movie did a good job showing how seemingly impossible it seemed for the young American team to beat the best team in the world who had been playing together for 10 years. And Kurt Russell did a good job as the tough coach who was hard on the players to get the most out of them. I also liked the way the hockey games were filmed. I think hockey is the most boring sport and I don't know any of the rules, but the way it was filmed let the least knowlegdable person follow what was going on.
FINAL VERDICT: If you like sports movies, then don't miss this one.
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