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
Kurt Russell took a pay cut, so the eight hundred to one thousand extras used as the fans at the hockey game, could enjoy a full hot meal, instead of a brown-bag lunch. See more »
Before the U.S.A. scores its third goal in the match vs. the U.S.S.R., Al Michaels says: "PETROV going off for slashing". And they show us a player with number 16 on the shirt. And the announcer confirms: "Soviet Union penalty to number sixteen, PETROV". Later on the scoreboard indicates, that 17 seconds are left in the penalty for the player number 16 (i.e. PETROV). But when the Americans finally tie the score Al Michaels comments: "So the Americans, just as the penalty to KRUTOV was about to expire, score to tie the game". In the real game that was indeed KRUTOV, who was penalized. See more »
Great moments... are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here, tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here tonight. One game. If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time...
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During the closing credits of the film, each actor is shown on screen with the name of the player he portrayed along with a "where are they now" update. 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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