This famous victory of the 1980 U.S. hockey team over the seemingly invincible USSR team transcended beyond sports and gave this nation a special pride during troubling times. Your ability to recognize and recall facts about the real life characters and events will definitely help enhance the overall movie experience, but filmmakers do a solid job establishing tone beginning with a historical footage collage of various social and political elements leading to the start of hockey camp at Colorado Springs in June of 1979.
Kurt Russell stars as coach Herb Brooks, who get a memorable dedication during the ending credits. You get a good sense of Herb’s motivations and background through his wife Patty, played by Patricia Clarkson. You know Herb will succeed, it’s just so interesting to discover how he creates an impenetrable bond that egos, the press and injury cannot break – a rare condition in today’s sport world.
This involving plot eventually leads to the climactic game against the U.S.S.R. which has a tremendous payoff. “They just put the best goaltender in the world on the bench!” Herb exclaims to his players during the game. All the psychological elements Herb forced upon the players now makes victory possible, especially their intense physical conditioning. Actual stock footage and Al Michael’s audio commentary (all from ABC which is owned by the film’s producer, Disney) enhance the experience even more. Highly recommended and rated PG for mild language and violent action. Stay for the ending credits for brief biographies of each player.
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