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
Former players of the 1980 U.S. team said they were pleased with the film and thought for the most part it was accurate, but the one complaint they had was how Herb Brooks was shown to be friendly with the players. "Herb wasn't going to holiday parties with players and he wasn't coming up with cute nicknames for them," said one former player. "We respected him, but I wouldn't say that we liked him," said another former player about Brooks. See more »
In a few of the press conference scenes, photographers can be seen using the Nikon 8008 camera. This camera was not available at the time. See more »
[opening his Christmas gift - a bullwhip]
It's the gift that keeps on giving.
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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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