Maurice Richard (The Rocket) (2007)

Maurice Richard (The Rocket)

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This bio-drama centers around Quebec's most famous hockey player, Maurice "The Rocket" Richard, and focuses on the famous 1955 riot in the Forum.

Rating: PG (for rough sports action including fighting, some bloody images, some language and historical smoking throughout)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ken Scott (V)
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 11, 2007
Runtime:
Palm Pictures

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Cast


as Maurice Richard

as Dick Irvin

as Bob Dill

as Pere Norchet

as Bodyguard

as Frank Selke

as Michel Normandin

as Tommy Gorman

as Boston Cop No. 1

as Hockey Player

as Hockey Player

as Clarence Campbell

as Camil Desroches

as Milt Schmidt

as Paul St-Georges

as Tony Bergeron

as Hockey Player

as Hockey Player

as Paul Stuart

as Bernard `Boum Boum' ...

as Jean Beliveau

as Lucille Richard
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Critic Reviews for Maurice Richard (The Rocket)

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

A well-made, inspirational effort that beautifully conveys its period and milieu.

December 5, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
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Every bit as single-minded as its French-Canadian protagonist, pic drowns a potentially interesting story in careful literalism and elaborate period detail.

Full Review… | December 5, 2007
Variety
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There's not much, finally, to lift this thing above its necessarily niche appeal.

Full Review… | November 27, 2007
Village Voice
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Full Review… | November 29, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 6, 2006
Toronto Star
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
NPR.org
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Audience Reviews for Maurice Richard (The Rocket)

A spiritual high-octane adrenaline fueled jump up and cheer classic sports film that (in my opinion) is a modern classic. Maurice is an astonishing hockey player in canadian history, and to have a movie made this well on a gifted player is an honour for our country. For an independant film, it sure the delivers and never disapoints throughout!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

[font=Century Gothic]"The Rocket" is thankfully not a biopic about Roger Clemens.(Sorry, Mets fan.) Rather, it is about Maurice "The Rocket" Richard(Roy Dupuis), a legendary hockey player who skated for the Montreal Canadiens during the 40's and 50's when they won numerous Stanley Cups. Coming from humble origins, he had to work as a machinist to support his family while in his teens when he was also playing for a junior league team. At his first training camp, it was doubtful that he could skate much less play at a professional level due to a broken ankle and wrist that kept him out of the armed forces during World War II. But head coach Dick Irvin(Stephen McHattie) saw a toughness in the young player and knew he would succeed...[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]"The Rocket" is a compelling biopic that perfectly captures a bygone era when players had to be tougher to compete in the NHL.(This goes beyond the obvious lack of helmets.) According to the movie, Richard was particularly singled out because of his Frenchness but would start to attack this later in his career, becoming a focus for French Canadian nationalism. While I know we are meant to root for Richard in his struggles, it is also very hard to cheer against my beloved New York Rangers(yeah, yeah. I know. It is only a movie.), especially with ex-Ranger Sean Avery typecast as a bruiser. Maybe one day, he'll get a chance to play a romantic lead...[/font]

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

½

still trying to watch this one in its entirety ( thanx for thats kids) but what i have seen is a brilliant portrayal of what was an amazing hockey player in a time where hockey players playerd at night and had a day job during the day just to make all ends meet. I think all the present nhl players should watch this and see how it is to play for the game and not for a million dollar paycheck.

leekyle1968
Lee Kyle

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