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Maurice Richard (2005)

A story about Quebec's most famous hockey player, Maurice "The Rocket" Richard, focusing on the struggles of a French Canadian in the National Hockey League dominated by Anglophones.

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Charles Binamé

Writer:

Ken Scott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Dupuis ... Maurice Richard
Stephen McHattie ... Dick Irvin
Julie LeBreton ... Lucille Richard (as Julie Le Breton)
Philip Craig ... Tommy Gorman
Patrice Robitaille ... Émile 'Butch' Bouchard
Michel Barrette ... M. Norchet
Diane Lavallée ... Alice Norchet
Tony Calabretta ... Frank Selke
François Langlois-Vallières François Langlois-Vallières ... Maurice Richard à 16 ans
Pierre-François Legendre ... Georges Norchet
Mario Jean ... Paul Stuart
Robert Brouillette ... Partisan fanatique
Benoît Girard ... Paul St-Georges
Normand Chouinard ... Michel Normandin
Paul Doucet ... Camil Desroches
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Storyline

In the late 1930s, a young machinist named Maurice Richard distinguished himself as an ice hockey player of preternatural talent. Although that was enough to get him into the Montreal Canadiens, his frequent injuries cost him the confidence of his team and the fans. In the face of these doubts, Richard eventually shows the kind of aggressive and skillful play that would make him one of the greatest players of all time as "The Rocket." However for all his success, Richard and his fellow French Canadians face constant discrimination in a league dominated by the English speaking. Although a man of few words, Richard begins to speak his own mind about the injustice which creates a organizational conflict that would culminate in his infamous 1955 season suspension that sparks an ethnic riot in protest. In the face of these challenges, Richard must decide who exactly is he playing for. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Biography | Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rough sports action including fighting, some bloody images, some language and historical smoking throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

26 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rocket See more »

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Budget:

CAD 8,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

All of the NHL game scenes were filmed at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, as the Montreal Forum was converted to retail space after closing in 1996 and the other arenas depicted in the film were demolished by the time filming commenced. The Colisée was home to the Quebec Nordiques, which played in the World Hockey Association (1972-1979) and the NHL (1972-1995). Maurice Richard himself briefly coached the Nordiques during their inaugural WHA season. See more »

Goofs

It is evident that the same arena was used as a stand-in for all the of NHL venues in the film, as the interiors of the Montreal Forum, the old Madison Square Garden, and Boston Garden are nearly identical. In reality, these arenas differed significantly from one another. See more »

Quotes

Dick Irvin: I need players who hate to lose!
Hockey player: I hate to lose, Mr. Irvin.
Dick Irvin: No, you don't.
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Crazy Credits

[referring to Maurice Richard] He's all of Quebec standing powerful and alive. See more »

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Features The Sweater (1980) See more »

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A movie that lives up to the adage, "a picture is worth a thousand words"
27 January 2007 | by fortunecookie-3See all my reviews

Superb movie all around.

Knowing the Rocket from only watching him as a hockey player, what I found most impelling was the love story between Maurice and Lucille. Much too short. Just perfect. But at the same time, would have loved to have seen more.

Obviously, being a Canadian, old enough to remember the early years of Maurice Richard's professional life and the 6 team NHL from the late 40's, this movie is a no-brainer to recommend.

From the very beginning, The Rocket is a scene turner. Photographed in black and white made it more realistic.

Glad in part that it is in the mother language of the participants. Perhaps it would have been better if it were entirely in English, but that would have taken away from the realism. Having to continually drop my eyes to read the subtitles was of course interruptive.

However, The Rocket is so well photographed and directed, that it was able to tell its story with minimal dialogue and thus prove the old adage, "a picture is worth a thousand words."


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