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The Russian Five

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Canada, Russia, USA


1h 49m

Director Joshua Riehl

Starring Jeff Daniels, Jim Devellano, Sergei Fedorov, Viacheslav Fetisov

Genre Documentary

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The story of the five Russian hockey stars who helped propel the Detroit Red Wings to two Stanley Cup championships and created one of the most memorable chapters in Motor City sports history. This film provides new insight into many key moments in Wings' history, including coach Bowman's decision to play all the Russian Five at the same time, the bloody rivalry between the Wings and Colorado Avalanche, the 1996-97 Stanley Cup run and the horrific limousine accident that seriously injured Konstantinov and masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov in the celebration aftermath.


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The Hollywood Reporter by Frank Scheck

The film weaves enough social, political and personal themes into its mix to make it interesting even for those who mainly think of "hockey puck" as a Don Rickles insult.

Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

One of the most dramatic and emotional of sports stories gets the expert film it deserves in The Russian Five, a documentary that is moving in ways you won’t see coming.

Movie Nation by Roger Moore

It’s a fun movie right up to the sobering reality that even the best moments are going to have sadness injected into by the cold, cruel world.