Maurice Richard (The Rocket) 2007

The Rocket

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Working-class Quebecois hockey player Maurice Richard (Roy Dupuis) becomes a hero to French Canadians as he stars for the famous Montreal Canadiens in the 1940s and '50s. One of the few French players in an English league, Richard has a chip on his shoulder and suffers subtle racial discrimination at the hands of the owner and other players. When his temper boils over during a game in Boston, he is suspended by league president Clarence Campbell (Tedd Dillon), and his fans riot in the streets.

Cast

Roy Dupuis
as Maurice Richard
Stephen McHattie
as Dick Irvin
Sean Avery
as Bob Dill
Michel Barrette
as M. Norchet
Rick Bramucci
as Bodyguard
Tony Calabretta
as Frank Selke
Normand Chouinard
as Michel Normandin
Philip Craig
as Tommy Gorman
Larry Day
as Boston Cop No. 1
Dominic Deblois
as Hockey Player
Simon Deblois
as Hockey Player
Tedd Dillon
as Clarence Campbell
Paul Doucet
as Camil Desroches
Pascal Dupuis
as Milt Schmidt
Benoît Girard
as Paul St-Georges
Rémy Girard
as Tony Bergeron
Hubert Dany
as Hockey Player
Hamilton Jason
as Hockey Player
Mario Jean
as Paul Stuart
Ian Laperrière
as Bernie Geoffrion
Vincent Lecavalier
as Jean Beliveau
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  • May 05, 2010
    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 P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 24, 2008
    [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] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [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]
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  • Dec 31, 2007
    This was a decent movie about NHL's most famous hockey player back in the 40's & 50's.
    Ida K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 18, 2007
    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.
    Lee K Super Reviewer

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