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The Chiefs (2004)

This is the true story of five brawling hockey players, who live in the back of a hockey arena and fight their way to heroic status in the most violent league in the world. One by one our ... See full summary »

Director:

Jason Gileno

Writer:

Jason Gileno
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Cast

Credited cast:
Brady Austin Brady Austin ... Himself
Mike Bajurny Mike Bajurny ... Himself
Robert Berger Robert Berger ... Himself
Mike Henderson Mike Henderson ... Himself
Cory Holland ... Himself
Tim Leveque Tim Leveque ... Himself
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This is the true story of five brawling hockey players, who live in the back of a hockey arena and fight their way to heroic status in the most violent league in the world. One by one our heroes begin to crumble against their worst foes - themselves. Les Chiefs is a real-life account of men fighting to remain boys. Written by Anonymous

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hockey | chiefs | fighting | slapshot | See All (4) »

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Men fighting to remain boys.

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Documentary

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Laval, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD 250,000 (estimated)
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East Hill Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A raw and unglamorous view of semi-pro hockey
31 December 2009 | by andrews694See all my reviews

After playing hockey for many years back in Canada, I saw this documentary in the clearance bin and decided to give it a go.

What's crazy is that this really IS a semi-pro league in Quebec. I did some research on the making of the movie itself and the people in it ... an interesting note is that that one of the main players on the team that the movie focuses on - is the brother of the producer. No matter.

There are some members of the team that have been drafted in the NHL, but other than Bobby Dollas (Ist Round draft pick who played for many years - he is not showcased in the movie), they have seen little or no NHL playing time, they have spent their entire careers languishing in the minors. And this league is "semi"-pro.

This movie is excellent - there are parts that seem so depressing, I mean this is really the end of the line. They are playing because they really love the game. Some seem like they could do nothing else BUT play hockey. I thought the coach was a weasel. The little pit bull of an owner suffered from LMS ... and the story of "Gun-For-Hire" Tim Leveque was exploitative and sad. I also read that a few years after the movie was filmed - the team folded. There was no way it could allude to this on the DVD.

I wish they would've showcased more of the players other than just five. The rabid fan they show so much ... pure comedy. This guy was right over the top when it came to 'team loyalty' ... but he added so much to the movie.

I would recommend this movie - it it so raw, so real. It really shows the unglamorous side of hockey. In a way, it really reveals how tough it is to make it the NHL - without ever referring to it.


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