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Canada Russia '72

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CANADA RUSSIA '72 is shot in a fluid documentary style that vividly captures all the immediacy of the '72 hockey summit series that gripped the nation. The set contains 3 discs. Both the CBC broadcast version (184 min.) and the Uncut version (193 min.) are included.

Movie Credits

Cast: Booth Savage, David Miller, Eugene Lipinski, David Berni, John Bregar, Gerry Dee, Judah Katz, Gabrial Hogan, Featuring the voice of legendary Hockey announcer Foster Hewitt Director: T.W. Peacocke


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3.0 out of 5 stars Sort of a greatest hits Jan. 18 2012
This docu-drama is a bit of a tickle, and will certainly entertain hockey fans who are prepared to "suspend their disbelief." Its a nice period piece, and has some wayback footage and dress etc. But when it comes to the actual hockey, which is undeniably central, it comes up short. Everything from the quality of play to the look of the boards is unconvincing. The actors do look a bit like their characters, but its often hard to tell a Mahovlich from a Lapointe. This doesn't really compare to another (excellent) CBC hockey docu-drama, Net Worth, but that movie was focused much more on the off-ice plot (not that it didn't do a fantastic job with its hockey sequences.) And this movie simply doesn't compare to the hockey footage in The Rocket.

Think of it as a "greatest hits" of the series. The writers have patched together all of the best vignettes and anecdotes from the now voluminous sources and reminiscences on the series, so that you get all of the interesting stuff in one mini-series.

For the old time hockey fan, its time well wasted.

But, the greatest liberty, indeed, a downright fabrication, is the end. I will spoil it because its simply not true. The movie ends with the Canadian players returning to the ice in a darkened and empty Luzhiniki Sports Palace, to have a silent and contemplative final beer. Nothing of the sort happened. From my reading, the best I can tell is that Gary Bergman alone did that, right after the game, pausing to (as he said) take in that "old barn" one last time. The other players were chugging beers in the dressing room!
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5.0 out of 5 stars just like being back in 1972 Sept. 1 2007
when i heard CBC was making this film, i couldn't wait to see it. after watching it on television, i went out and bought it. i have watched a few times because it is well done. the actors have done a tremendous job except some didn't really look like the original stars. the only negative was the Phil Esposito post game speech to the fans. the feeling just wasn't there. maybe over acting. i found myself hating the Canadian team at the beginning and then hating the Russians in the end. to me that's a movie that truly captured the spirit of 72. that sport tension and rivalry can never happen again even though some hockey minds have tried to hold similiar summit series. there will only be one 1972 series and this is the only film that captured the spirit. if you buy it, don't expect more than what it is. a recreation of a great hockey series
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Slice of Canadian History July 8 2010
This brought back to life a period of time (1972) with amazing clarity. Not slick by any means, this series highlights in an almost documentary style the passion of a country around their national sport. Everyone in Canada underestimated the strength and abilities of the Soviet team and we were humiliated. What happened next was engaging and incredibly dramatic and this captures it all. Worth it for the horrific 70's fashions and hair which they capture perfectly. The insider perspective, especially around the games that took place in Moscow, are excellent. Adding to the charm are the actual video clips from the time. Well produced and entertaining - perhaps primarily for those who remember. Thrilling and moving.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Series Heard Round the World. March 29 2010
This is a great movie. Extremely well done with the actors playing Bobby Clarke, Ken Dryden, Vic Hadfield, Paul Henderson, Gary Bergman and Wayne Cashman nailing the parts. We see Dryden wracked with self doubt, Frank Mahovilich's growing paranoia, Cashman intimidating everyone he plays against. I personally prefer the shorter broadcast version, the longer version mostly just adds more swearing. But this is awesome and really captures the feel of the series to the point that you are gripped with the same fear of losing that the players had. Sharp script, solid acting and the makers do not sugar coat that the players would do everything they could to win. After the infamous slash by Bobby Clarke one of his teammates says "I can't believe Kharlamov is playing" to which Clarke replies "I can't believe he's walking!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars exciting hockey history Feb. 9 2010
By Cheryl TOP 50 REVIEWER
This is a really well-done film, shot realistically and chronicling the historic Canada Russia hockey series. Enjoyable on its own, true hockey fans will also appreciate the bonus features which include a couple of very informative commentaries (including one with Alan Eagleson (and Harry Sinden in part 2)). Though it's a 3 disc set, there's not much more in terms of extras. The first disc is the broadcast version (with commentaries), the 2nd is the uncut version featuring 9 extra minutes, and the 3rd disc contains deleted scenes and bloopers. For the movie alone, this dvd set is highly recommended to all hockey fans, and any Canadian who remembers 1972.
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