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Canada Russia '72 

CANADA RUSSIA '72 is shot in a fluid documentary style that effectively captures all the immediacy of the '72 hockey summit's intrigues.
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Series cast summary:
Mark A. Owen Mark A. Owen ...  John Ferguson 2 episodes, 2006
Sonia Laplante Sonia Laplante ...  Gabrielle Fournier 2 episodes, 2006
David Berni David Berni ...  Phil Esposito 2 episodes, 2006
Gabriel Hogan ...  Ken Dryden 2 episodes, 2006
Mike Dopud ...  Vic Hadfield 2 episodes, 2006
Sebastien Roberts ...  Rod Gilbert 2 episodes, 2006
Louis Philippe Dandenault Louis Philippe Dandenault ...  Yvan Cournoyer 2 episodes, 2006
Jeff Roop ...  Frank Mahovlich 2 episodes, 2006
Hugh Thompson ...  Gary Bergman 2 episodes, 2006
David Alexander Miller David Alexander Miller ...  Paul Henderson 2 episodes, 2006
Gerry Dee ...  Wayne Cashman 2 episodes, 2006
Chris Szarka ...  Peter Mahovlich 2 episodes, 2006
John Bregar ...  Bobby Clarke 2 episodes, 2006
Marc Savard Marc Savard ...  Serge Savard 2 episodes, 2006
Jason Thibodeau Jason Thibodeau ...  Jean-Paul Parise 2 episodes, 2006
Rob Brydges Rob Brydges ...  Bill Goldsworthy 2 episodes, 2006
Yuriy Sobeshchakov Yuriy Sobeshchakov ...  Vsevolod Gresko 2 episodes, 2006
Leo Vernik Leo Vernik ...  Vladislav Tretiak 2 episodes, 2006
Joel Cousins ...  Valeri Kharlamov 2 episodes, 2006
Sergei Nikolich Sergei Nikolich ...  Chemyshev 2 episodes, 2006
Glen Gray Glen Gray ...  Vyacheslav Starshinov 2 episodes, 2006
Albert Bondarenko Albert Bondarenko ...  Yuri Liapkin 2 episodes, 2006
Gary Levert Gary Levert ...  Joe Kryczka 2 episodes, 2006
Nolan Mcdonald ...  Tretiak - on ice 2 episodes, 2006
Eugene Lipinski ...  Anatoly Tarasov 2 episodes, 2006
Tony Quinn Tony Quinn ...  Dick Beddoes 2 episodes, 2006
Robert Bockstael Robert Bockstael ...  Stuart Gibbons 2 episodes, 2006
Randy Thomas ...  Kompalla 2 episodes, 2006
Maxim Atanassov Maxim Atanassov ...  Russian Translator 2 episodes, 2006
Linda Brooks Linda Brooks ...  Lynda Dryden 2 episodes, 2006
McKenzi Scott McKenzi Scott ...  Arlene Hadfield 2 episodes, 2006
Micha Fardy Micha Fardy ...  Jane Bergman 2 episodes, 2006
Alina Mikholouk Alina Mikholouk ...  Anna Kharlomov 2 episodes, 2006
Ilkay Silk Ilkay Silk ...  Ambassador Meagher 2 episodes, 2006
Sheldon Garland Sheldon Garland ...  Toronto Reporter #1 2 episodes, 2006
Sebastian MacLean ...  Don Short (Boston Reporter) 2 episodes, 2006
David McClelland ...  Taxi Driver 2 episodes, 2006
Marshall Button Marshall Button ...  Canadian Scout 2 episodes, 2006
Tim Turnell Tim Turnell ...  Sports Commentator 2 episodes, 2006
Malcolm MacRury Malcolm MacRury ...  Toronto Reporter #2 2 episodes, 2006
Douglas Bell Douglas Bell ...  Boston Reporter #2 2 episodes, 2006
Wally MacKinnon Wally MacKinnon ...  Team Doctor 2 episodes, 2006
Chisholm Pothier Chisholm Pothier ...  Radio Reporter 2 episodes, 2006
Andrea Roy Andrea Roy ...  Rod Gilbert's Brother 2 episodes, 2006
Tania Rudolph Tania Rudolph ...  Swedish Nurse 2 episodes, 2006
Christian Soucy Christian Soucy ...  Canadian Fan with Horn 2 episodes, 2006
Kim Dunn Kim Dunn ...  Game Six Journalist 2 episodes, 2006
Misha Nosachenko Misha Nosachenko ...  Russian Boy 2 episodes, 2006
Judah Katz ...  Alan Eagleson 2 episodes, 2006
Walter Learning Walter Learning ...  Charlie Hay 2 episodes, 2006
Jimmy MacKinley ...  Russian Soldier 2 episodes, 2006
Jamie Reid Jamie Reid ...  Esposito heckler 2 episodes, 2006
Booth Savage ...  Harry Sinden 2 episodes, 2006
Foster Hewitt ...  Himself 2 episodes, 2006
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In 1972, a historical ice hockey game tournament is arranged where the cream of Canada's professional stars of the National Hockey League would play against the best of the Soviet Union's. Although Canada and the USSR have faced off repeatedly on the amateur level before, most of Canada is smugly convinced that the Soviets will be no match for the pros. However, that assumption is forcefully shot down when Team Canada is soundly trounced in the first game by the skilled Soviet Union team. What follows is a bitter struggle as Team Canada fights to recover in a series that would change Canadian hockey's self-image and history forever. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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English | Russian | French

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(2 parts)

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1.78 : 1
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The crew wore hockey jerseys to work every day and played shinny during lunch. See more »

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Frank Mahovlich: We're not playing for the goddamn politicans here, alright? We're not playing for the goddamn politicans. We're playing the Red Army, we're playing for our way of life.
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Canada-Russia war on ice and off
17 May 2009 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

One of the great moments of Canadian sport came when I was in an Ottawa tavern in Sept. 1972 and Paul Henderson scored the winning goal against Russia to redeem Canadian hockey. Everyone in that room let out a burst of joy and relief when that goal came. No one who saw it on the grainy film that came out of Moscow will ever forget it.

A movie can never recapture that moment but I still couldn't tear myself away from the TV when Canada-Russia '72 movie was shown. It brought it all back. Gabriel Hogan as Ken Dryden gives a good portrayal of Mr. Goalie, who had his own ups and downs in the series. Other actors brought a ring of truth to Phil Esposito and Coach Harry Sinden. Esposito was the leader (with all his warts) and Sinden was head and shoulders above the other guys behind the bench. I liked Sonia Laplante in the role of a Canadian diplomatic liaison, trying to walk a tightrope and juggle at the same time. She had to keep them on their best behaviour and at one point, she negotiated the release of a fan stunned and shaken after the Russian authorities arrested him for blowing a horn during the game.

The movie gives depth to what the team was enduring behind the scenes as the national fever mounted during the series. We see their stupidities and their hotel pranks, which made them look like a bunch of bozos until they settled down. The Russians were not blameless and the arrest and humiliation of one Canadian fan was news to me. Was this historical fiction or was it true? Only the players know how accurate this is.

Nevertheless, it is true that the team and all of Canada was in shock after the first game. It should not have been surprising that a group of individualists would not automatically blend into a unit off the bat. We were so naive in our assumptions. With hindsight we see how mistaken the herd instinct can be. This comes through loud and clear in the movie.

I take issue with Canadians not supporting the team. Certainly everyone was cheering them on, despite the disappointments. If it had been a walkover, there would be no drama and Canadians got involved because our international reputation was on the line. Before the series went back to Russia, Canada was down. Along with millions of others I sent postcards of support; in my case, one to Sinden and one to Esposito. Win or lose, I was with them and so were millions of other Canadians who wanted them to win and so they did...in dramatic fashion.


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