Miracle (2004)

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The inspiring story of the team that transcended its sport and united a nation with a new feeling of hope. Based on the true story of one of the greatest moments in sports history, the tale captures a time and place where differences could be settled by games and a cold war could be put on ice. In 1980, the United States Ice Hockey team’s coach, Herb Brooks, took a ragtag squad of college kids up against the legendary juggernaut from the Soviet Union at the Olympic Games. Despite the long odds, Team USA carried the pride of a nation yearning from a distraction from world events. With the world watching the team rose to the occasion, prompting broadcaster Al Michaels’ now famous question, to the millions viewing at home: Do you believe in miracles?

  • Rating: (16,958 votes)
  • Runtime:135 minutes
  • Language:English
  • Genres:Drama, Family, History, Sport
  • Country:USA
  • Goofs:Continuity: Shortly after the U.S.A. scores its third goal in the match vs. the U.S.S.R., the scoreboard over the center of the rink shows a score of U.S.A. 4 - U.S.S.R. 3.
    Factual errors: Before the U.S.A. scores its third goal in the match vs. the U.S.S.R., Al Michaels says: "PETROV going off for slashing". And they show us a player with number 16 on the shirt. And the announcer confirms: "Soviet Union penalty to number sixteen, PETROV". Later on the scoreboard indicates, that 17 seconds are left in the penalty for the player number 16 (i.e. PETROV). But when the Americans finally tie the score Al Michaels comments: "So the Americans, just as the penalty to KRUTOV was about to expire, score to tie the game". In the real game that was indeed KRUTOV, who was penalized.
    Factual errors: In the film, the game between the U.S. and the Soviets at Madison Square Garden is depicted as a night game. The game was actually played early in the afternoon. Also, the play by play announcer mentions a capacity crowd. The actual crowd in attendance was quite small.
    Anachronisms: Throughout the movie, the glass above the boards can be seen (and heard) to be tempered glass, which is used for it's safety factor. Despite being universally used now, however, it didn't become that way until the mid- to late-90's, while this movie is set in the late 70's and 1980. During the time period of the film, the "glass" was Plexi-Glass, a polycarbonate material.
    Continuity: After the U.S. scores its fourth goal over the Soviets, the long shot of the scoreboard shows the score still at 3-3.
  • Quotes:
    Herb Brooks: Great moments... are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here, tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here tonight. One game. If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw 'em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it.

    Herb Brooks: That look like hockey to you?
    Herb Brooks: To me it looks like two monkeys trying to hump a football.
  • Also known as: Csoda a jégen (Hungary - imdb display title), Desafio no Gelo (Brazil - imdb display title), El milagro (Spain), Milagro (Argentina - video title), Miracle (France), Miracle - Das Wunder von Lake Placid (Germany),
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