Gavin O'Connor (2004)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


Fact-based sporting drama about an ambitious coach who teaches a ragtag group of American ice-hockey players the finer points of the game, leading them against a seemingly unstoppable side from the Soviet Union in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Starring Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich and Sean McCann.

Cast & 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
Director Gavin O'Connor
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains some swearing.Available on: DVD