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Miracle

Still of Kurt Russell and Noah Emmerich in MiracleStill of Nathan West and Patrick O'Brien Demsey in MiracleGoldie Hawn at event of MiracleStill of Kurt Russell and Michael Mantenuto in MiracleGavin O'Connor in MiracleStill of Eddie Cahill in Miracle

Plot

Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 7.4/10 (20,255 voted)

Critic's Score: 68/100

Director:
Gavin O'Connor

Stars: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West

Storyline
The inspiring story of the team that transcended its sport and united a nation with a new feeling of hope. Based on the true story of one of the greatest moments in sports history, the tale captures a time and place where differences could be settled by games and a cold war could be put on ice. In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team's coach, Herb Brooks, took a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation yearning from a distraction from world events. With the world watching the team rose to the occasion, prompting broadcaster Al Michaels' now famous question, to the millions viewing at home: Do you believe in miracles? Yes!

Cast:

Kurt Russell

Herb Brooks


Patricia Clarkson

Patti Brooks


Noah Emmerich

Craig Patrick


Sean McCann

Walter Bush


Kenneth Welsh

Doc Nagobads


Eddie Cahill

Jim Craig


Patrick O'Brien Demsey

Mike Eruzione


Michael Mantenuto

Jack O'Callahan


Nathan West

Rob McClanahan


Kenneth Mitchell

Ralph Cox


Eric Peter-Kaiser

Mark Johnson


Bobby Hanson

Dave Silk


Joseph Cure

Mike Ramsey


Billy Schneider

Buzz Schneider


Nate Miller

John 'Bah' Harrington

Taglines:
Do you believe in miracles?



Details

Official Website:
Disney |

Release Date: 6 February 2004

Filming Locations: Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada

Opening Weekend: $19,377,577
(USA)
(8 February 2004)
(2605 Screens)

Gross: $64,445,708
(Worldwide)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Herb Brooks was a former U.S. Olympic player in 1964 and 1968.

Goofs:

Continuity:
At the end of the 2nd period, the score is 3-2, yet at the start of the 3rd period, the scoreboard reads 2-1.

Quotes:

Herb Brooks:
[as the players who were cut depart]
Take a good look, gentlemen, cause they're the ones getting off easy.



User Review

what I thought

Rating:

I am the child of two St. Paul east- siders. My father has loved hockey
for
as long as he can remember. My mom, well, she just likes sports in
general.
Hockey ruled my life from the very first moments. First my father's
practices and games, then my little brother, later on there were
boyfriends,
friends, high school, and college. Now there is Gophers and Wild. I
imagine
that hockey will continue to define my life for a very long
time.

That said, for Minnesota kids there are legends told to them from the
beginning. How Paul Bunyan shaped our lakes and rivers, and lived "Up
North", and there is Herb Brooks. Legends that define Minnesota
heritage.

Herb Brooks was a man who shaped the way hockey is viewed in Minnesota. A
stand out at St. Paul Johnson High School, and at the U. He went to coach
his beloved Gophers and work with his idol John Mariucci. Now the ice at
Mariucci Arena (not 2 miles from where I sit now) bears tribute to Herby.
His coaching techniques are still used and abused throughout the
state.

Kurt Russell paid apt tribute to our late leader, and I am positive he
would
be impressed. I was fortunate enough to get sneak-preview tickets to see
Miracle, and I can honestly say I don't remember when I had such a good
time
at the movies. I don't think I stopped smiling once. Russell's accent
was
good throughout the movie, but on just a few lines I could have SWORN that
he was a Minnesotan. He elongated his vowels very well.

Eddie Cahill did a superb job as Jim Clark. I wondered how exactly he
would
play someone so torn between immense sadness and undeniable pride. I was
even more impressed with his hockey skills. I hope that this helps the
very
yummy Mr. Cahill move from TV-boyfriend dujor (friends, Sex and the City)
to
a great movie actor. As it is the only thing that disappointed me was
that
he was running around the Cities last summer, and I had no idea.

If you are still reading this it goes without saying that I think you
should
see this movie. Sure you know how it ends, you've probably seen the game
at
least once on ESPN Classic even if you are old enough to remember it in
the
first place. The portrayal of our country at such a dark time in the
world's history is historically great. Apt tribute is paid to Afghanistan
(even if we are repeating the USSR's mistakes now), the Ayatollah, the oil
embargo, and the general distrust in government. The Miracle on Ice was a
very bright spot in a very dark time, and Miracle does a wonderful job
showing just that. To those who say, who outside the US cares? I say
hockey fans care. Sports fans care. This is not just a hockey movie
(though it is a great one); it is a movie about hard work and
perseverance.
Isn't that what America really stands for?

So, Bravo Disney. I think Herby would have been pleased. I know that I
am.