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 ...  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 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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CBC [Canada]

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Canada

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English | Russian | French

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2006 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Канада - СССР 1972 See more »

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(2 parts)

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1.78 : 1
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Actor Walter Learning, known for his shock of silver hair, had his head shaved daily to emulate the bald pate of Hockey Hall of fame founder Charlie Hay. See more »

Quotes

Harry Sinden: Did you talk to Vic?
Alan Eagleson: Yeah. He's going home, Harry.
Harry Sinden: Then you get him on the first plane out of here.
[brief pause]
Alan Eagleson: There are others too, you know.
Harry Sinden: Who?
Alan Eagleson: Richard Martin, Jocelyn Guevremont for sure, maybe more.
Harry Sinden: Who?
Alan Eagleson: I don't know.
Harry Sinden: Any Bruins players?
[...]
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Referenced in The 2016 Carleton Cup (2016) See more »

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Something New About Seventy-Two
10 April 2006 | by animal_8_5See all my reviews

First of all, know this. My most vivid childhood memory is of classes being suspended on September 28, 1972 and everyone going to watch Game #8 of the Summit Series in the high school library. When Cournoyer scored the goal that tied things at five, I heard myself say aloud "They're gonna win" before several witnesses. Later, with 34 seconds left, Paul Henderson saved my hide and made me a seer.

I have always thought the '72 Summit Series was tailor-made for a movie, or TV mini-series. At last we have developed enough confidence in our Canadian film-making prowess to attempt something. The casting in this program is dead-on, with Booth Savage 'being' Harry Sinden, akin to Kurt Russell 'being' Herb Brooks in MIRACLE. I am reminded of Sinden's book 'Hockey Showdown' whenever Savage and Mark Owen (John Ferguson) perform together.

The interesting sub-plot about Frank Mahovlich's obsessive disdain for the Russians is something past documentaries have seen fit to gloss over. Does the storyline appear in this TV drama because Frank was appointed to the Senate and his life is now public domain? Alan Eagleson is portrayed with surprising sympathy despite his present incarceration for misappropriating NHL pension funds.

The kid who plays Esposito seems almost too handsome and clean for the role (Espo was exponentially more greasy, not to mention more arrogant and vulgar), although he did a great job with Phil's "speech" after Game #4 in Vancouver. The original play-by-play by Foster Hewitt and Brian Conacher still gives me goosebumps today - I'm glad they kept it in, particularly Hewitt's call of the historic climax.

The show isn't perfect, but it is a project that took kahunas to tackle and everyone involved should be proud to have been part of it.


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