• PG
  • Gavin O'Connor (2004)
  • US
  • 130 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

You don't need to be a sports fan to enjoy this real-life hockey drama. A rousing strength-through-adversity tale, it shows how a team of American underdogs managed to defeat the seemingly invincible Soviet Union side in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The gruelling training and accompanying emotional fallout are compelling, giving the movie a very human core that widens its appeal. Kurt Russell is particularly good as the former player, now unorthodox coach Herb Brooks, really getting under the skin of a relentlessly passionate US sporting hero. But as strong as his performance is, it's the well-shot and convincing action sequences that ultimately steal the show, resulting in a goose bump-inducing climax.

Plot Summary

Sports drama starring Kurt Russell as former player-turned-coach Herb Brooks, whose unorthodox methods led to America's outstanding ice hockey victories in the 1980 Winter Olympics, including a win over the seemingly invincible Soviet Union side.

Cast and crew


Herb Brooks
Kurt Russell
Patty Brooks
Patricia Clarkson
Craig Patrick
Noah Emmerich
Walter Bush
Sean McCann
Doc Nagobads
Kenneth Welsh
Jim Craig
Eddie Cahill
Mike Eruzione
Patrick O'Brien Demsey
Jack O'Callahan
Michael Mantenuto
Rob McClanahan
Nathan West


Gavin O'Connor

Other Information

Contains some swearing.
Available on DVD
Certificate PG