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Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team (2001)

Craig R. Whitney , Walter Mondale  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Craig R. Whitney, Walter Mondale, John Powers, Jack O'Callahan, John Harrington
  • Writers: Bernard Goldberg
  • Producers: Brian Hyland, Kirby Bradley, Rick Bernstein, Ross Greenburg, Shola Lynch
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Hbo Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2002
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005TPC7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,264 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team" on IMDb

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The story of the 1980 U.S. hockey team. In February of 1980, amidst growing Cold War fears, the U.S. hockey team created an unforgettable moment of national pride when they miraculously beat the Soviets o the ice-a win selected by Sports Illustrated as the #1 sports moment of the century. Revisiting Lake Placid twenty-one years later, Do You Believe in Miracles? takes a look at the team's emotional climb to gold while exploring the tumultuous political and social landscape of the time. Interviews include U.S. players Jim Craig and Mike Eruzione, coach Herb Brooks, Soviet Players Vladislav Tretiak and Boris Mihailov, American hostage Barry Rosen, and Broadcaster Al Michaels.

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This stirring chronicle of the U.S. hockey team's quest for the gold medal during the 1980 Winter Olympics offers interviews, super footage and an uplifting patriotic spirit. Thrill as Jim Craig, Mike Eruozine and coach Herb Brooks lead the underdog U.S. over a Russian squad with such greats as Vladislav Tretiak and Boris Mihailov to the finals against Finland. 60 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Surround, Spanish mono. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

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82 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest sporting event ever February 21, 2002
I was only five when the U.S. beat the vaunted hockey juggernaut from the U.S.S.R., but the memory is one of the most distinct that I have from my early childhood. Of course at the time I couldn't appreciate the full significance of the victory, but as I've grown older I've become more and more impressed by what occurred. This just wasn't a hockey game, it was great power politics played out on ice, and if you think otherwise, just watch this disc.
That's what makes this such an intriguing documentary, in addition to the expected player background and game highlights, and of course Al Michael's famous call, the state of the world in 1979-80 is examined. What is revealed in the process is that literally nothing had gone right for the U.S. in the year leading up to the Olympics. The Iran hostages, the invasion of Afghanistan, oil shortages, etc., etc. Then, along came a group of college kids playing a sport that most Americans knew nothing about, and they started something amazing: people started getting excited about being Americans again.
For at least a little while, they were America's team, and the whole country's hopes and fears were placed squarely on their backs. And lo and behold, they delivered in a situation where no rational observer would have expected anything but defeat.
Perhaps I'm being overly sentimental, but even if you're only interested in the hockey, this is a great disc. The background material on the players, coach and the team as a whole is superb. Moreover, the build-up to the Olympics is deftly handled; such that by the time the viewer reaches Lake Placid the tension is unbearable.
My only complaint, which I've seen in other reviews, is that the entire game is not included on the disc.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Documentaries Around March 4, 2002
This is simply the most moving sports documentary I've ever seen. Produced by HBO, this chronicles the journey of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team from unknowns to national heroes.
"Do You Believe in Miracles?" follows the team from the tryouts in 1979 through the exhibitions they played, including the one against the Russians in Madison Square Garden, and finally, the triumph over the Russians and the Finns to win the gold medal. It includes interviews with head coach Herb Brooks and several players, including team captain Mike Eruzione, goalie Jim Craig, and defenseman Mike Ramsey.
But the documentary also does an excellent job chronicling the feeling of America before and after the U.S. won the gold, including the low feelings after the Soviets invaded Afghanistan and during the Iranian hostage crisis. One of the most fascinating interviews in the whole thing is with Barry Rosen, one of the hostages, who didn't find out about the Olympics until returning home months later.
Of course the highlight of "Do You Believe in Miracles?" is the victory over the Soviets. The documentary uses footage from the network telecast for the highlights, including the calls from Al Michaels (who is also interviewed here). If you don't tear up when Eruzione scores or when Michaels shouts "Do You Believe in Miracles?", something's wrong. The players reactions afterwards, even though this was done twenty years after the fact, are still very touching to watch.
Overall, I think this is one of those sports documentaries that transcends time. Years from now, people will still watch this documentary and still cry when they hear Al Michaels utter "Do You Believe in Miracles?".
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I believe ... January 8, 2002
This is without question, the single greatest sports documentary to be produced by HBO Sports. To a non-sports fan, born in the last 25 years, this event may seem trivial, almost meaningless in a time where the Cold War has melted, the Iron Curtain raised and the US and Russia allies.
But 22 years ago, in the shadow of the Cold War, with Soviet troops in Afghanistan, rising prices at the gas station, spiraling inflation and US hostages in Iran, things were anything but OK in the US and this docuemtenary superbly illustrates the dark times in the US and how a nation's spirits were lifted by a group of college kids who refused to give up. They were led by a colorful ambassador of the game, whose own mind games united an amateur team and allowed them to take down a colossus of Russian professionals.
The documentary strings together interviews with former players. Captain Mike Eruzione, Forward Mark Johnson, Goalie Jim Craig all chip in with memories and commentary, as well as Russian goalie Vladimir Tretiak and an Ex-Soviet sports journalist. It's an exhaustively crafted piece, full of clips of practices, exhibition games and exhaustive research, all powerfully narrated to put the cherry on top.
Everyone remembers where they were the day the United States of America beat the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 4-3 at Lake Placid, NY. This documentary bring chills up your spine, as Al Michaels screams that famous call "Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Where's the actual ABC-TV broadcast DVD???? January 9, 2005
Am I the only one who feels ripped off by a documentary, Disney movie and a BAD made-for-TV film of this seminal sports event- Why hasn't a DVD been released of the complete original ABC-TV broadcast? In addition, why hasn't the 1980 USA team's entire run through the Olympic hockey tournament been put out as a box set? Imagine a well-produced set with the games themselves of course, then bonus material with interviews from players, coaches and background on the political and social climate of those days in the tense world of 1980! This would be an unbelievable seller, and especially once word gets around to the current generation what an amazing spectacle this was- nothing that needs to be dramatized, that's for sure. I can only surmise that some kind of legal wrangling is going on with whomever holds the rights to the telecast(s)- I assume ABC/Disney, or why else wouldn't this have been released on VHS or DVD by now? I know the USA/Soviet game has been shown occasionally on ESPN Classic cable channel-I have a taped copy of it, but the video is pretty bad and would benefit greatly of course being remastered on DVD. Not to mention the limited viewership of ESPN Classic compared to a DVD release is a no-brainer! If anyone has any information on something brewing concerning a DVD coming out eventually please post here, thanks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary!
One of the best documentaries I have ever watched. I can watch this over and over. I am a hockey fan however, my wife and kids who are not love this as well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Abdo
5.0 out of 5 stars Documentary on 1980's Olympic Gold Medal Hockey team
I saw this documentary once on television and liked it so much that I've always wanted a copy. This copy was in perfect condition, came on time and I loved it as much the 2nd time... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Soni's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
I remember it when it was live, my son wanted to see and hear about it, he is a big sports fan
Published 1 month ago by Lori Millett
5.0 out of 5 stars best sports documentary ever created
disclosure - i am a hockey fan (

but this storyline is so powerful and HBO does such a darn good job with this - it is my favorite sports documentary ever created. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ChrisG
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Tears To My Eyes Every Time!
I was just a young girl when this game took place, and didn't fully appreciate the political climate until much later in life, however, I DO recall the tension between the USA and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by LC
4.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary
I was in 5th grade in 1980 and remember this well, but did not know much of the back story. This film captures the excitement and underscores what a unique event it was.
Published 3 months ago by Matthew M. Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
My nine year old son is obsessed with the movie Miracle and I thought this would be a good option for something else related to the 1980 USA Hockey Team. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
One of best sport documentaries ever. A moving story that incredibly is true. Probably one of greatest stories of underdog success.
Published 6 months ago by Jose Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL Miracle on Ice
With all the attention that the Disney movie "Miracle" was getting, I was reminded of this documentary that I saw on HBO years earlier. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Freysquire
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story...
Enjoyed the story very much and have added dvd to my library. Well worth the money. this was better than the subsequent movies.
Published 10 months ago by Brian A. Lovett
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