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Movie Info

A young man is torn between his traditional Indo-Canadian family expectations and his dreams of playing hockey.

Cast & Crew

Rob Lowe
Coach Dan Winters
Anupam Kher
Darvesh Singh
Sakina Jaffrey
Livleen singh
Pamela Sinha
Aunty Jasleen
Vinay Virmani
Rajveer Singh
Noel Baker
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Jeff Schechter
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Vinay Virmani
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Matt Simmons
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Paul Gross
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Akshay Kumar
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Andre Rouleau
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Clayton Peters
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Sandeep Chowta
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Critic Reviews for Breakaway

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (5)

  • With a script credited to five writers including its star Vinay Virmani, it is a movie that keeps skating madly off in different directions and desperately needs more coaching than director Robert Lieberman provides.

    September 30, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • [A] pleasant timewaster, which has a good cast but a not-so-good script.

    September 30, 2011 | Rating: 2/4
  • There are no surprises here, with father-son crisis and reconciliation, scaled-down quasi-Bollywood production numbers and the climactic big game all arriving on cue.

    September 20, 2011
  • It's amazing that a country which professes to love hockey makes such lame movies about the sport.

    January 31, 2021 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Much better than the other reviews reflect. A feel-good entertainment that sheds light on the misunderstood but heroic Sikh peoples. Now available on Netflix streaming, see for yourself and don't rely on the critics.

    July 13, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The shakiest scenes in Breakaway, a hockey-meets-Bollywood mash-up about skating Sikh-Canadians, occur on the ice. Take that for what you will. The rest of this nimbly-paced but routinely-plotted sports fable is tolerably more entertaining.

    September 30, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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  • Jan 11, 2013
    It's a feel-good sports story you've seen a hundred times before, but this time with a twist: the hockey team isn't just seeking to become improbable champions, it's telling a larger story about acceptance and diversity. A bit hokey - produced with the support of the CBC, and without a doubt a movie that will be shown in schools coast-to-coast - the script trots out one cliched piece of dialogue after another, but the Bollywood indulgences, the Sports Movie Template - complete with Tournament Ladder Climbing Montage (TM) - and the central character's quest for his father's approval (and a new love, too) combine to make this an enjoyable, simple film. Probably not as good as some other movies I've given three stars to, but I was able to look past the annoying similarities to cheesy Tim Hortons commercials and follow the characters, particularly the lead, Rajveer (Vinay Virmani). Russell Peters can't really act, but hey, what can you do? I'm finding it really hard to be severe with this film. It seems designed to make viewers happy, and for this one, it did the job.
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