The Russian Five

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The true story of how the Detroit Red Wings ended a 42 year Stanley Cup drought by going behind the Iron Curtain to get Russian hockey players, assembling the first all 5-man Russian unit in NHL history and learning a thing or two about seeing past each other's differences along the way.


Critic Reviews for The Russian Five

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  • One of the most dramatic and emotional of sports stories gets the expert film it deserves in "The Russian Five," a documentary that is moving in ways you won't see coming.

    May 4, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film weaves enough social, political and personal themes into its mix to make it interesting even for those who mainly think of "hockey puck" as a Don Rickles insult.

    May 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's a story fans already know well, but "The Russian Five" lays it out in a compelling, easily digestible fashion. And it shows how without a major assist from Russia, Detroit would have never become Hockeytown.

    Mar 22, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Michigan native Joshua Riehl shoots and often humorously scores with this true tale of espionage and hockey.

    May 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Mostly-lighthearted documentary about the players and the team that revolutionized the National Hockey League in the 1990s.

    May 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Timely, insightful, well-structured and thoughtful...

    Apr 26, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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