For those of who don’t know this yet, the CBC is airing a 2 part, 4 hour mini-series titled “Canada-Russia ’72”, starting tonight (Sunday, April 9th) at 8pm EST.

You’ve all heard of Paul Henderson, though you wouldn’t have had it not been for this series (oh drat, I hope I didn’t give away the ending?!?!)

This is perhaps the most important Hockey event in Canadian History, and if you weren’t around to see it the first time, now you have the chance to see what all the hoopla was about. (At least Director, Barrie Dunn’s interpretation of it)

Typically Hockey movies haven’t really lived up to anything more than cruddy movies.

We’ve got Slapshot, which is likely the King of Hockey Movies, and of course Youngblood, my favorite. Mystery, Alaska was a joke, and I’ve yet to see Miracle. (I do like the Mighty Ducks movies, but for all the wrong reasons)

Later on this Month (April 21), Denis Robert’s “Rocket” will be premiering in theaters, and it is thought that this movie, spanning 12 years of Richard’s career, could be the ultimate Hockey Movie to date.

Not much of a discussion oriented post, just really a plug for a History lesson to all of you wee bairns.

I suppose debating the Greatest/Worst Hockey movies could do…

13 Responses to CANADA-RUSSIA '72

  1. habsoverserver says:

    The NFB’s animated short “The Sweater” is the greatest hockey movie of all time. It is based on Roch Carrier’s classic short story “Le Chandail de hockey.” A scene and excerpt from the story is on the back of Canada’s $5 bill.

    How many mini series of the “72 series have there been already? It’s better to watch the video of the games themselves.

  2. my_sphincter says:

    This movie was filmed in Fredericton, NB.

    Not a bad film. Kind of interesting to see it take place at Fredericton’s Aitken Centre (former home of the Baby Habs).

  3. wingerxxx says:

    It’s going to be hard to ever top Slapshot. Not only was it hilarious, but there was a real feeling of authenticity to the look of the movie. It didn’t hurt that the Hansons were really hockey players. Miracle was a pretty good film. It was about as good a movie that could have been made about the Miracle on Ice.

    That 72 series should definitely be worth checking out. I would love to watch it. Rocket will also be interesting.

  4. Gretzkin says:

    Nice one, I totally forgot about “La Chandail”, as it is an animated short, but yes, I think this film really encompasses the passion of a young child and of course the alienation that can occur when you show up, unwantingly in foreign (Maple Leaf) colurs.

    Definitely an amazing story.

  5. Gretzkin says:

    Halfway through (the other half is on tonight at 8:00 EST).

    It’s a pretty good show. Capturing the era and the egos quite well. Man, was Phil Espositio ever a dick?!!?, and that Frank Mahovlich guy, he seems to be taking it so politcally, perhaps in the future, this guy should get involved in Canadian politics?

    Anyways, I like the way they are portraying the players, Alan Eagleson, John Ferguson, and Harry Sindon.

    It’s a pretty realistic portrayal so far, and they aren’t sugar coating the old pros one bit.

    Ken Dryden’s portrayal is fantastic. He’s a respectful, intelligent guy, and the actor playing him is doing a stand-up job.

    Capturing the blind Canadian egos and blatant disrespect of the “other” hockey nations, only to be spanked into a corner and yes, booed on home soil (Shame on you Vancouver!!!).

    This film has been quite well made. The hockey is a bit weak, but what can you really do? The editing is wild, but they must have shot so much stuff that you can’t really cut it seamlessly. Obviously, adding some original footage really helps, and also aids in capturing the era.

    Anyhow, all in all it’s a good show. It’s obviously no “Slapshot”, and certainly no “Youngblood”, but it’s well done and a fine piece of the days of yore.

  6. UWSensFan says:

    I know it’s a different genre, but “Les Boys” (Quebec french movie about a hockey team) is also a great movie…I haven’t seen the sequels yet (although I know people that have, and they’re apparently awesome), but I want to…just have to find them 🙂

  7. Gretzkin says:

    Is this something you could find in a good video store?

  8. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I taped it, because the Simpsons was on…

    THE TAPE DIDN’T WORK!!!!!! DAMMIT!!!!!!!!

  9. potvinfan says:

    So far i’ve liked the movie. At first I thought it would be extremley biased for Canada: no doubt it probably still is a bit biased: for the most part it has been a fairly neutral telling. They show Canada’s faults during the first four games and some of are ego and poor sportsmenship.

  10. dcz28 says:

    My favorite hockey movies would be Slapshot, Youngblood (reminds me of the Wings with their jerseys) and the Laval Chiefs movie or do*****entary since its all about the fights and fighters that team had that year.

    I agree i would rather watch the real ’72 series instead of this mini series.

  11. Air33 says:

    wow your a plug

  12. gg_idiot says:

    I love that huge goal that Gordie Howe scored to win the series, 7 goals in one game for Howe is insane!!

  13. gg_idiot says:

    I love that huge goal that Gordie Howe scored to win the series, 7 goals in one game for Howe is insane!!

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