Friday, August 13, 2004

The Little Team That Could

This movie was a universal favorite when it was released and I can see why. Chronicling the 1980 US Olympic hockey team's road to their surprise gold medal win, it captures both the feel of those times and the best of a sports movie. We never get to know any of the players well as individuals which is just as it should be. The coach insists that they will meet success only by functioning as a team so that is how we are shown them.

Kurt Russell is excellent as the tough coach who feels deeply but doesn't let his emotions out. Another touch that I really liked was the use of the actual sports casters' original coverage during the hockey games. It helped me connect with the fact that this really was how it happened. I remember watching these hockey games and the excitement our whole family felt when the US won. That no doubt added to my particular enjoyment but the whole family liked it even without those memories.

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