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Maurice Richard (2005)

Cast: Roy Dupuis, Patrice Robitaille, Tony Calabretta, Normand Chouinard

Director(s): Charles Binamé,

Language: French

Genre: Historical Drama

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Synopsis

A story about Quebec's most famous hockey player, Maurice "The Rocket" Richard, focusing on the struggles of a French Canadian in the National Hockey League dominated by Anglophones

 

Deril wrote on April 8, 2007, 10:42 am
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Well after having my heart stomped on the Habs last night (fucking leafs), I watched this bio story of Maurice "The Rocket" Richard and wes VERY impressed. The acting wasn't the greatest as they went with an "actor" who looked more like Richard than he was an actual actor. He really is a dead ringer though. The cast was also full of actual NHLers (Sean Avery, Vincent leCavalier, Stephane Quintal, Mike Ricci & Pascal Dupuis, just to name a few). So you can guess what the level of acting talent was. That being said. Most of the players don't speak too much in the movie (including Richard himself). The actor who played Dick Irvin sr (the coach) had a large role and did a great job.

The movie focuses on the career of Richard from first training camp to retirement, but on a deeper level tackles the racial issues that Richard and several other had to face because at the time the league was majority anglophones and being run by the pricks in Toronto.

If you have any interest in the history of the NHL / Habs especially, then this will be a good watch for you.

I thought they did an EXCEPTIONAL job of making everything from the arenas, to the players, to the streets of Montreal look authentic to the 40's & 50's which is when the film takes place. Fabulous job on this level.

PS. Stephane Quintal REALLY can't act.

PPS Did you know that at the begining of his career they called him the 'Comet' not the 'Rocket' True story!

motleymitch wrote on April 8, 2007, 11:00 am
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Did you know that Jeff already posted this movie and reviewed it? You should check the site before double-posting a flick. True story!
Deril wrote on April 8, 2007, 12:56 pm
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I DID check, but what happened was that I first looked up "The Rocket" and didn't see it on the site. I later realised it was called Maurice Richard, and forgot to check that. No big whoop. I'll review it on Jeff's and then delete this one.
MasterWoodsman wrote on April 8, 2007, 9:14 pm
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Great!

I have no way of fixing this at this time! ugh!
Deril wrote on April 8, 2007, 9:39 pm
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it's not really the end of the world you know.

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