I love hockey.  I don’t know whether I’d say I enjoy it more than football, but while I haven’t played football since high school, I’ve played hockey at least twice a month for the past 15 years.

With the Winter Olympics coming up, I decided it was time to see MIRACLE, the story of the 1980 US Men’s Olympic Hockey Team.  If you don’t know what happened in the olympics that year, I won’t ruin it for you, but I doubt there’s many people out there who would read this article who don’t know what transpired.

Amazingly, this is my second Kurt Russell film I’ve seen in 2010.  I’d have to look, but I don’t believe I saw that many films with him all of 2009.

Just like everyone involved with this movie, I think Kurt Russell did a great job as the legendary head coach of that hockey team.  Even having seen Big Trouble In Little China a few days before this movie, I totally forgot it was Russell in the role.

An interesting note about the movie is that when they did casting for the hockey players on Team USA, they did it as hockey tryouts.  As I learned this through the DVD’s special features, I also found out that a lot of the guys who were in the main roles were also aspiring actors, but the casting folks had all the players go through skills drills and would only audition the ones with passable scores.  Through watching the movie, you’d never know how little professional acting experience most of these guys have.

Another interesting note:  one of the guys cast in the movie actually PLAYS THE ROLE OF HIS FATHER!  {Billy Schneider as “Buzz Schneider”}

If you like hockey at all or just enjoy feel-good movies with a little bit of action in them, check it out.  There’s plenty to enjoy here – especially in BluRay.

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