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Maurice Richard (The Rocket) (2006)

Cast: Roy Dupuis, Vincent Lecavalier, Stephen McHattie, Mike Ricci, Randy Thomas, Allen Zarnett, Tedd Dillon

Director(s): Charles Binamé

Language: French

Genre: Historical Drama

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Synopsis

In the late 1930s, a young machinist named Maurice Richard distinguished himself as a ice hockey player of preternatural talent. Although that was enough to get him into the Montreal Canadiens, his frequent injuries cost him the confidence of his team and the fans. In the face of these doubts, Richard eventually shows the kind of aggressive and skillful play that would make him one of the greatest players of all time as "The Rocket." However for all his success, Richard and his fellow French Can... [Get complete synopsis]

 

Jefferygn wrote on March 8, 2007, 8:24 am
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The BIG deal out of Québec this year...

I am traditionally a huge Canadiens fan and have always been a Maurice Richard guy. I was cheering *against* Gretzky to break his 50 goals-50 games record back in the day. I even chose to wear #9 when I played little league baseball when I was a kid...

But, this movie... meh.

Richard is obviously one of the greats, if not the greatest. But frankly, his life story is not *that* interesting. He didn't have too many particular hurdles to jump; there were some tough times and many people doubted him early in his career, but... there are many a sports movie that had more indepth issues to deal with.

That being said, the production values were excellent, in particular for a Canadian film, which often have that look of cheapness. Moreover, there are some good points made in the film about the second class status french canadians held back in the day - both within the NHL and outside of it.

This movie does help to explain - to an extent - why the Rocket became such a folk hero, but maybe not being a french canadian, some of it was lost of me...

p.s., the best Rocket Richard moment for me was on the night they closed the Forum and had all the old greats come back for one last ovation. We were living across the street from the forum at the time, so while I watched it on TV, I felt like I was a part of it. When Richard came out, it was incredible; the people cheered and cheered forever; no one could believe it. Of course it made me cry and it made The Rocket cry too... tears are welling up as I write this. I will always remember that night.

I suppose this movie had to compare with that experience in order for me to have loved it. That is a pretty tall order.

Deril wrote on April 8, 2007, 12:57 pm
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Don't have the patience to re-write my review, but the rating stands.

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