Docudrama | English | 136 minutes
In 1980, the U.S. and the Soviet Union were in the midst of a bitter, dangerous Cold War. Neither country was ready to fight on the battlefield, but the 1980 Winter Olympics was coming up. What better way to prove U.S. superiority than to beat the Soviets in the sport in which the Soviets were supreme: ice hockey. In preparation for the games, Herb Brooks, the head ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota, was selected to be the coach. At first, working with a disparate group of players, Brooks had them practice and do drills for hours. The fiercely competitive Brooks drove them harder after they lost an exhibition game to the Soviets. With help from his assistant coach, Craig Patrick, and straining his marriage to his wife Patti, Brooks finally got his team to gel. The Olympics begin and the U.S. team beats Czechoslovakia, Norway, Romania and West Germany. The moment has come: the game against the Soviet Union. It’s a memorable event watched by every sports fan around the world.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 81%
- Metacritic Score: 68
- AARP Movies for Grownups Awards: Winners Best Intergenerational Film; Nominated, Best Actor (Kurt Russell)
- Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards: Nominated, Best Family Film
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An inspiring story of unlikely Olympic heroes is told with effective restraint and impressive skill in MIRACLE, a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. Even audiences unable to differentiate between slapshots and sweep checks will be engrossed by the lucidly detailed account of the celebrated ‘Miracle on Ice’ victory by the U.S. hockey team against their vaunted Soviet opponents in the 1980 Winter Olympics.
To make a movie about that team and those games requires more than an ability to depict personal dramas or re-enact game highlights. It requires the re-creation of a world and a mind-set, and MIRACLE accomplishes both brilliantly.
We all know the clichés of the modern sports movie, but MIRACLE sidesteps a lot of them. It’s about practicing hard and winning games.
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