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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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 »
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 »
A movie that lives up to the adage, "a picture is worth a thousand words"
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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