Red Army

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Fun and fascinating, Red Army delivers absorbing documentary drama for hockey fans and sports novices alike.

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Hockey captain Slava Fetisov and four other players form a nearly unbeatable unit known as the "Russian Five," but their coach's brutal regimen leads Fetisov and others to defect from the Soviet Union.

Cast & Crew

Anatoli Karpov
Himself
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Alexei Kasatonov
Himself
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Ken Kurtis
Himself
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Gabe Polsky
Screenwriter
Werner Herzog
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Jerry Weintraub
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Liam Satre-Meloy
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Peter Zeitlinger
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Svetlana Cvetko
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Kurt Engfehr
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Christophe Beck
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Critic Reviews for Red Army

All Critics (101) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (93) | Rotten (8)

  • By focusing less on his characters and more on a supposed dark side of Russian hockey, Polsky's film is less documentary than it is didacticism.

    August 1, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Who knew that a documentary on the Soviet Union's Red Army ice hockey team would be so gripping and provide a perfect microcosm of the stages of the Cold War, Perestroika and Putin's reign?

    October 8, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • A fascinating and touching tale.

    October 8, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Fascinating, funny, heroic, moving and may even make hockey fans out of nonbelievers.

    March 19, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

    John Anderson

    Newsday
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  • It's a mark of Polsky's ambition and canniness that he braids hockey not just with geopolitics but also with personal history and human drama.

    March 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Polsky keeps things lively, both visually and with his editing. But the sometimes-lighthearted approach never undermines the serious business at hand.

    March 5, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Red Army

  • Aug 06, 2017
    how propaganda ruled and ultimately overruled the drive for success of ice hockey in the USSR. average but as it's not that rewatchable i have to give it a little less.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2016
    One for anyone interested in ice hockey and/or the cold war.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 02, 2015
    For those interested in Soviet era hockey, this is a well deserving documentary telling the story from the perspective of the Soviet players. Although it lacks in any serious challenge or criticism, it is still quite informative and enjoyable.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 14, 2015
    Soviet Player Viacheslav Fetisov or Slava, as he is known, is front and center in this documentary. His transformation from national hero to political enemy is the dramatic arc of this tale. He's a cantankerous old man and director Gabe Polsky doesn't hide this fact. Right from the start, Slava keeps his interviewer waiting while he fiddles with his cell phone, even flipping him off (and the audience) when asked a question. It's a defiant behavior that pops up occasionally throughout their conversation. A former KGB agent trying to speak about politics is constantly interrupted by his young granddaughter playing nearby. It's these unexpected asides that make the account a bit odd at times. Mostly the parallels between sports and politics are highlighted. The rise and fall of the Red Army team with that of the Soviet Union forming the underlying background for everything that happens. Their success was proof "that the Soviet system was the best system". Fetisov's career is profiled with various ups and downs. Through it all he remains a very patriotic fellow despite remaining embittered toward his past coach. Perhaps the "bad old days" of the brutal regimen under which he trained weren't really so bad in his eyes after all. You'll understand when you see how this ends. fastfilmreviews.com
    Mark H Super Reviewer

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