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From the studio that brought you THE ROOKIE and REMEMBER THE TITANS comes the movie everybody loves -- MIRACLE. Filled with exhilarating nonstop hockey action and heart-racing suspense, it's the inspiring true story behind one of the greatest moments in sports history - the 1980 United States ice hockey team's triumphant Olympic victory against the Soviet Union. Kurt Russell gives a brilliant performance as the dynamic and determined coach Herb Brooks, who had an impossible dream -- beat the seemingly unbeatable Soviets at their own game. Starting with a handpicked group of twenty-six undisciplined kids, Brooks coached them to play like they never played before, and turned twenty of them into a team that believed they could achieve the unachievable -- and in the process, united a nation with a new feeling of hope.
"HOT! Kurt Russell has never been better...this film is irresistible." -- Leonard Maltin - Hot Ticket
"Kurt Russell is perfect as Herb Brooks, and the hockey scenes are nothing short of spectacular." -- E.M. Swift - Sports Illustrated
"Miracle gives audiences something to cheer for..." -- Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
"Riveting. An emotional shot in the dark. Kurt Russell at his best." -- Jeffrey Lyons - NBC-TV
"The game scenes constitute some of the best sports footage created for the movies." -- Sean Axmaker - Imdb.com
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I am buying a new copy to give to my friend's son who is just starting to play hockey. Hopefully he will enjoy the action and also see how much work is involved to be a champion.
Since that time, I've gained an appreciation for the historic victory in Lake Placid NY. As I didn't see the game itself, the present movie was a splendid way of "replaying" it (sort of?).
Beyond the game itself, the movie does a good job of taking the viewer back to those dark days in American history. The U.S. was coming off of a humiliating retreat in Vietnam, Watergate, soaring energy prices and (worst of all) the Iranian hostage crisis. Seeing this movie brought back a lot of unpleasant memories, for even as a kid I could sense that pessimism was in abundance in those days.
Kurt Russell gets his chance to play an iconic coach & he makes the most of it. He has that certain coach's charisma that the best actors all have. The film serves as an eye opening demonstration of how the players were chosen in an autocratic way. Thankfully, "Coach Herb" knew what he was doing!
This is one of the most important sports movies ever made simply due to the fact that it tells the story of what was perhaps the SINGLE greatest upset in sports history. Whether you like hockey or not (and I'm hoping you do!) this one is certainly worth a look.