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
Stars: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West
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!
Patrick O'Brien Demsey
John 'Bah' Harrington
Do you believe in miracles?
Release Date: 6 February 2004
Filming Locations: Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
Opening Weekend: $19,377,577
(8 February 2004)
Did You Know?
Herb Brooks was a former U.S. Olympic player in 1964 and 1968.
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.
[as the players who were cut depart]
Take a good look, gentlemen, cause they're the ones getting off easy.
what I thought
I am the child of two St. Paul east- siders. My father has loved hockey
as long as he can remember. My mom, well, she just likes sports in
Hockey ruled my life from the very first moments. First my father's
practices and games, then my little brother, later on there were
friends, high school, and college. Now there is Gophers and Wild. I
that hockey will continue to define my life for a very long
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
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
Kurt Russell paid apt tribute to our late leader, and I am positive he
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
at the movies. I don't think I stopped smiling once. Russell's accent
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
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
yummy Mr. Cahill move from TV-boyfriend dujor (friends, Sex and the City)
a great movie actor. As it is the only thing that disappointed me was
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
see this movie. Sure you know how it ends, you've probably seen the game
least once on ESPN Classic even if you are old enough to remember it in
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
Isn't that what America really stands for?
So, Bravo Disney. I think Herby would have been pleased. I know that I