Miracle 2004

Miracle

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Kurt Russell's performance guides this cliche-ridden tale into the realm of inspirational, nostalgic goodness.

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When college coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) is hired to helm the 1980 U.S. men's Olympic hockey team, he brings a unique and brash style to the ice. After assembling a team of hot-headed college all-stars, who are humiliated in an early match, Brooks unites his squad against a common foe, the heavily-favored Soviet team. As the U.S. squad tries to overcome insurmountable odds and win the gold medal, the team becomes a microcosm for American patriotism during the Cold War.

Cast & Crew

Kurt Russell
Herb Brooks
Noah Emmerich
Craig Patrick
Sean McCann
Walter Bush
Kenneth Welsh
Doc Nagobads
Michael Mantenuto
Jack O'Callahan
Nathan West
Rob McClanahan
Justis Greene
Executive Producer
Mark Isham
Original Music
John Gilroy
Film Editor
Ross Dempster
Art Direction
Tom Bronson
Costume Designer
Mary-Lou Storey
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Critic Reviews for Miracle

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  • Sep 16, 2013
    Kurt Russell delivers an astounding performance to shroud the patriotic, nostalgic and cliched feel of Miracle. The film consists of the typical sport-drama vices, but thanks to the leading role, provides inspiration and drama. 4.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2013
    Miracle is far and above Disney's most sophisticated live action film and could possibly be one of the best of its kind they ever made. The formula I truly liked about this movie was the live acted footage of the games rather than just snippets around the characters as so many others. It almost made you feel like you were there even if you are like me and werent even alive when this great sports moment happened. I gotta give Kurt Russell a lot of credit, he wanted this to be a timeless classic. I just wish he would have had the same level of acting around him that he provided. In a few scenes, he seemed to carry the load as far as grabbing your interest. It strangely worked as it stands, but if it wanted to break into true sports film lore, it would have a few more strong dialogue points.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2012
    Miracle tells the story of one of the greatest moments in Olympic history. The film follows the U.S. Olympic hockey team as they train for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, and go up against the Soviet team; which dominated the sport and were considered the best hockey team in the world. Kurt Russell stars as Herb Brooks, the coach the U.S. team, and gives a brilliant performance. For the most part the film follows the typical Cinderella sports story formula, but it's especially good at bringing out the intensity and passion that the players have for the game. Additionally, the film does an excellent job at providing the context in which this Olympic game happened and why it meant so much to so many. Based on a remarkable true story, Miracle delivers a compelling and riveting film that will inspire you to believe.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2012
    The movie that tells the story of the greatest moment in sports history. That moment would be the Miracle on Ice. The reason it's a miracle can't be fully explained unless you were alive in 1980 or you see this movie. (Or just look it up on Wikipedia.) Kurt Russell stars the interpretation of how everything with the 1980 US Olympics hockey team played out. Russell easily the performance of his career in Miracle. He plays Herb Brooks, the head coach of the hockey team and he fits the role perfectly. He could've easily been nominated for an Oscar for his performance but you know, a biased Academy since the beginning of the 21st century. I also have to give props for Gavin O'Connor for his style of directing. During the on ice hockey scenes the cameras are on the ice, right up in the actors faces and you get to feel the intensity of the game. O'Connor also does a great job of making you feel for the characters. When Herb Brooks is angry at the players, you can feel just how pissed he is. When the players feel dejected about a loss or injury, you feel dejected. When they want to jump Herb Brooks and rip his head off...well, you don't feel that because you're always on Brooks's side in this movie. I was also pleasantly surprised at the actors playing the hockey players. Not only were they really good actors, they looked just like the actual players. The director could've easily picked a bunch of bad acting, active NHL players but he chose the more appropriate route. Another thing I liked is they chose to have Al Michaels do the commentary for the games. He was the original commentator for the real games played in the 80's. Every US game he commentates except for the last twenty seconds of the final game. (If you've seen actual footage of the last twenty seconds of the game, you'll understand why. The emotion conveyed is a once in a lifetime kind of thing.) This film has everything a sports movie needs. It's inspiring, emotional, well acted, well directed and shows why people were inspired by the actual event.
    Tyler R Super Reviewer

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