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Kurt Russell's performance guides this cliche-ridden tale into the realm of inspirational, nostalgic goodness.



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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 a miracle? Yes!"


Kurt Russell
as Herb Brooks
Patricia Clarkson
as Patti Brooks
Noah Emmerich
as Craig Patrick
Sean McCann
as Walter Bush
Eddie Cahill
as Jim Craig
Michael Mantenuto
as Jack O'Callahan
Nathan West
as Rob McClanahan
Eric Peter-Kaiser
as Mark Johnson
Bobby Hanson
as Dave Silk
Joseph Cure
as Mike Ramsey
Joe Cure
as Mike Ramsey
Billy Schneider
as Buzz Schneider
Bill Schneider
as Buzz Schneider
Nate Miller
as John `Bah' Harrington
Chris Koch
as Mark Pavlevich
Stephen Kovalcik
as Dave Christian
Kris Wilson
as Phil Verchota
Steve Kovalcik
as Dave Christian
Samuel Skoryna
as Steve Janaszyk
Sam Skoryna
as Steve Janaszak
Pete Duffy
as Bob Suter
Nick Postle
as Bill Baker
Casey Burnette
as Ken Morrow
Trevor Alto
as Neal Broten
Robbie MacGregor
as Eric Strobel
Joe Hemsworth
as Nark Wells
Sarah Anne Hepher
as Kelly Brooks
Evan Smith
as Danny Brooks
Bill Mondy
as Lou Nanne
Tom Butler
as Bob Allen
Don S. Davis
as Bob Fleming
Michael Kopsa
as Bruce Norris
Lisa Marie Caruk
as Disco Girl
Malcolm Stewart
as Donald Craig
Mark McConchie
as Olympic Official
Mark Burgess
as Olympic Official
Fred Keating
as Party Husband
Beverley Breuer
as Party Wife
Andrew Johnston
as Peter Grace
Susan Astley
as Receptionist
Kurt Evans
as Reporter
Igor Morozov
as Reporter
Peter Kelamis
as Reporter
Daniel Bacon
as Reporter
Kwesi Ameyaw
as Reporter
Brent Chapman
as Equipment Manager
Peter Shinkoda
as Japanese Athlete
Mariko Kage
as Japanese Interpreter
L. Harvey Gold
as MSG Announcer
Mike Kleven
as Norway Rink Manager No.1
Michael Ronnekleiv
as Norway Rink Manager No.2
Bill Finck
as Try-Outs Organizer
Sarah Hayward
as Try-Outs Organizer
Wanda Sturtevant
as Try-Outs Organizer
Alvie Leeper
as Try-Outs Organizer
Richard Yee
as Team Photographer
Garry Monahan
as Colorado Coach
Ty Olsson
as State Trooper
John Ashbridge
as American Announcer
Alexander Kalugin
as Russian Announcer
Ted Fried
as Thief River Falls Sportscaster
Terry Lemky
as Angry Driver
Rob Morton
as Lake Placid Head of Security
Ryan Walter
as Referee
David Short
as I.O.C. Presenter
Birchana Caldwell
as Girl on Ice
Al Michaels
as Himself
Kim Dryden
as Himself
Jim McKay
as Himself
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  • Sep 16, 2013
    Kurt Russell delivers an astounding performance to shroud the patriotic, nostalgic and cliched feel of Miracle. The film consists of the typical sport-drama vices, but thanks to the leading role, provides inspiration and drama. 4.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2013
    Miracle is far and above Disney's most sophisticated live action film and could possibly be one of the best of its kind they ever made. The formula I truly liked about this movie was the live acted footage of the games rather than just snippets around the characters as so many others. It almost made you feel like you were there even if you are like me and werent even alive when this great sports moment happened. I gotta give Kurt Russell a lot of credit, he wanted this to be a timeless classic. I just wish he would have had the same level of acting around him that he provided. In a few scenes, he seemed to carry the load as far as grabbing your interest. It strangely worked as it stands, but if it wanted to break into true sports film lore, it would have a few more strong dialogue points.
    Jackson W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2012
    Miracle tells the story of one of the greatest moments in Olympic history. The film follows the U.S. Olympic hockey team as they train for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, and go up against the Soviet team; which dominated the sport and were considered the best hockey team in the world. Kurt Russell stars as Herb Brooks, the coach the U.S. team, and gives a brilliant performance. For the most part the film follows the typical Cinderella sports story formula, but it's especially good at bringing out the intensity and passion that the players have for the game. Additionally, the film does an excellent job at providing the context in which this Olympic game happened and why it meant so much to so many. Based on a remarkable true story, Miracle delivers a compelling and riveting film that will inspire you to believe.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2012
    The movie that tells the story of the greatest moment in sports history. That moment would be the Miracle on Ice. The reason it's a miracle can't be fully explained unless you were alive in 1980 or you see this movie. (Or just look it up on Wikipedia.) Kurt Russell stars the interpretation of how everything with the 1980 US Olympics hockey team played out. Russell easily the performance of his career in Miracle. He plays Herb Brooks, the head coach of the hockey team and he fits the role perfectly. He could've easily been nominated for an Oscar for his performance but you know, a biased Academy since the beginning of the 21st century. I also have to give props for Gavin O'Connor for his style of directing. During the on ice hockey scenes the cameras are on the ice, right up in the actors faces and you get to feel the intensity of the game. O'Connor also does a great job of making you feel for the characters. When Herb Brooks is angry at the players, you can feel just how pissed he is. When the players feel dejected about a loss or injury, you feel dejected. When they want to jump Herb Brooks and rip his head off...well, you don't feel that because you're always on Brooks's side in this movie. I was also pleasantly surprised at the actors playing the hockey players. Not only were they really good actors, they looked just like the actual players. The director could've easily picked a bunch of bad acting, active NHL players but he chose the more appropriate route. Another thing I liked is they chose to have Al Michaels do the commentary for the games. He was the original commentator for the real games played in the 80's. Every US game he commentates except for the last twenty seconds of the final game. (If you've seen actual footage of the last twenty seconds of the game, you'll understand why. The emotion conveyed is a once in a lifetime kind of thing.) This film has everything a sports movie needs. It's inspiring, emotional, well acted, well directed and shows why people were inspired by the actual event.
    Tyler R Super Reviewer

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