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The actual event was an unforgettable moment in time for me (Kennedy and September 11th-esque as in you knew where you were when it happened).

I was wondering if this movie did the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team justice in trying to capture their miraculous feat?
 

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Nah, made for TV movies are so bad that unless it's a comedy I can't stop laughing. It's just hard to take them seriously. Bad acting, bad scripts, bad everything. [sigh] I'm just not a fan of B movies.
 

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I remember the buz around school and thinking that it was pretty cool. I didn't follow hockey and didn't (at the time) realize how cool it really was until much later.

I was in high school and was too busy studying and doing homework (if you buy that let me talk to you about some property I have) :grinning:

Didn't that same team light the torch in Salt lake?
 

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One Person's Critique...

At a time when movies now exploit the September 11th tragedy, it is truly uplifting when a film properly pays tribute to that defining moment in history. In "Miracle," a film based on the true story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team, there's a shot of the World Trade Center standing proud and tall as the country endures the hardships of the early 80s; the Iran hostage crisis, gas lines at empty pumps, and the possibility of a nuclear fallout with the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

As you will see in the film, "Miracle" is a sports movie that isn't about sports. It isn't even about hockey. It's about America and the state of her spirit. What better way to lift it than by beating the best hockey team in the world under a global microscope at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York?

Kurt Russell plays Herb Brooks, the head coach of the hockey team that will eventually advance to face the Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics. Because it's based on a true story, much of plot is concrete and can't be manipulated the way you would a completely fictitious tale. First of all, the game between the U.S. and Soviet Union isn't the title match that will determine who gets the gold medal, whereas a movie based on fiction would make its climax take place during the big game. And secondly, the game isn't decided by the final shot or closing seconds, but a few minutes prior. And third, we already know who's going to win. But in case your head has been in the clouds for however long you've been alive, I'll spare you the obvious.

As usual, the team we're focused on is the underdog, otherwise there wouldn't be a need for this movie. Everyone is expecting the Soviets to win, so it's up to Brooks to sculpt the perfect team; the only team that could possibly stand a chance against the opponent who would eventually obliterate them with 10 goals just a week prior to their final showdown.

But before the team reaches the Olympics, we observe the usual routine we expect from this genre. First the roster must be finalized after the completion of a grueling tryout session. It begins with dozens of athletes, and after more than half are cut on the first day, we are left with 26 that will soon become the final 20. The practices are intense and test the players' endurance to the point of collapse. As we see in one of my favorite scenes of the film, the team takes part in endless drills and sprints that extend into the late hours. Only after the team physician walks out in disgust and the closing staff cut the power at the ice rink does Coach Brooks call it a night. And if the next day the team isn't performing up to Coach's standards, he’ll make them do it all over again............
 

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-->>Here's a review from Sports Illustrated. Sounds like it'll be a good movie.

Yep, I think I'll go.
 

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Don't spoil it for me, I don't want to know who wins the game! :D
 

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The LA Times did a piece on the movie and the real players a couple of days ago. I think every player except one was brought in for the premiere, and they all said that the movie was a good representation of what they went through. Apparently the movie does take artistic license to change the story in very minor ways, but for the most part sticks to actual history.

They also said how nice a tribute to Herb Brooks the movie is. Kurt Russell is a big hockey fan (his son used to play on a team with the son of a friend of mine, and I remember seeing Kurt there cheering on the team. In fact, I remember Goldie was in NY for Michael Dougles and Katherine Zeta-Jones' wedding and somebody on the news wondered aloud where Kurt was. I knew that he was still in LA because I had seen him at his son's hockey game earlier that night). I guess the movie focuses a lot on Brooks as the central character. The article mentioned that Herb died right after principal filming was completed last year and that he was involved heavily in the project.

The actual players said they enjoyed the hockey scenes a lot. And they said the entire experience brought back a lot of good memories. I'm really looking forward to the movie.

I wasn't a hockey fan at all in 1980. But for some reason, I watched the first game that the US hockey team played in the Olympics. I was hooked. I watched every game that was on television - I think they televised them all, but I'm not positive. I remember the game against the Soviet Union so clearly. Still among the top 10 games of any sport I've ever seen.

I also realize how tough it is for those of us who experienced the 1980 games to explain it to those who didn't. I have a friend who was only 3 at the time and was (unsuccessfully) trying to explain to him how "big a deal" winning the gold was at the time. Hopefully the movie itself can do a better job than I could.....
 

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Originally posted by <b>So Cal Blazer Fan</b>!

...The actual players said they enjoyed the hockey scenes a lot. And they said the entire experience brought back a lot of good memories. I'm really looking forward to the movie.
Thanks, as always, for the wonderful write-up. :clap:

This was good to hear. Makes me want to see the movie all that much more.
 
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