Hockey's Finest Essay

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The film Miracle portrays the true story of the US Hockey Team during the 1980 Winter Olympics. The film generally stays true to the real life events of their journey to become the champions, but with a little added Hollywood flair. The film is meant to illustrate the miracle of an underdog victory over a superior team, and what that victory meant for the country. The sacrifices the member of the team had to make to become good enough to win is exposed, as well as the hardship they endured because of their age and status within the hockey community. This film is a fascinating account of the fortitude shown by both the players and the coach, Herb Brooks.
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A casting decision made by the producers to make the film more representative of the actual hockey team.
One interesting point that was shown in the film was the specific Soviet hockey player who stood leaning on his hockey stick after the game. He was enjoying the enthusiasm of the boy on Team USA. This win was important, even to the losing team, because it humbled them. It brought them back to a time when they didn’t win every game and reminded them of what it felt like to be on cloud nine after a win. They had evolved into such robotic players, that they never got excited anymore, they already knew the outcome of every game. Losing that game brought them the humility that they were lacking.
In a surprising effort, the filmmakers decided to use words and sound bites from the 1980 televised game and press conference to give genuine emotion to the moment. The final minutes of the game are known as “the greatest moment in sports history,” partly because of the commentator’s enthusiastic cry “Do you believe in miracles!” For this reason, it was decided that the last ten seconds of the actual commentary would be used during the moment of victory. In the locker room pre-game speech, Kurt Russell (Herb Brooks) recites Brooks words verbatim from the press conference. This is done to honour the genuine moment of the coaches attempt to manipulate the players hesitation. The message of the movie is that miracles happen when one believes...

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