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A review of the movie maurice richard

Where this story sets itself apart, however, is in the racial undertones involved.

THE ROCKET

Even in Quebec, the French-speaking citizens were second-class and mocked, slurred, and demeaned without regard whatsoever. To see how the NHL not only allowed it to happen in their league, but also actually allowed other teams to seek out and injure their best player is unconscionable.

Richard was not only a hero in his sport for standing up against the establishment, but also for an entire race of people looking for a voice. To work on a sports movie level, as well as a political document of history is an amazing feat, and this film pulls it off with flying colors.

  1. Even the use of black and white to start each transition in time, slowly turning to color worked for me.
  2. Rather, it's a mostly family-friendly, general overcoming-the-odds sports story that just happens to be gorgeously photographed. Richard comes to the attention of Dick Irwin, the coach of the Montreal Canadiens Hockey Club who becomes his mentor and master.
  3. That seems incredible, but even if that were literal truth, it's curious that the movie refuses to mention that Richard had already attacked another official earlier that same season. That seems incredible, but even if that were literal truth, it's curious that the movie refuses to mention that Richard had already attacked another official earlier that same season.

I admit to knowing very little of this story on my favorite sport during the s and s. To see the stuff that went on involving such big names behind the scenes such as Campbell, Conn Smythe, etc. How could they have allowed the game to get that bad? Especially in a time period when the coaches had to explain to their players that the league risked folding unless they brought an exciting product to the ice, sound familiar to the short straw the game has gotten today?

The referees all had an agenda and no one took the time to try and right the ship.

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Without coach Dick Irvin sticking by him, even after an ankle injury that was about to end his career during his rookie season, who knows what would have happened to the NHL, because Richard carried it on his shoulders and made it into a professional sport again. He filled the seats, not only in Montreal, but also in every other stadium of the league during away games; he broke the goal scoring record, being the first to have 50 in 50 games; and he never backed down to a confrontation on or off the ice.

  • But it works well as a companion to the dramatic film, with reflections from Richard and his contemporaries looking back on his influence on the game;
  • Completed in , it took two years to finally reach theatres and video;
  • The movie shows a lot of brawling and violence to which early pro hockey was especially prone, but treats The Rocket perhaps a tad too sympathetically;
  • The film won nine Genie Awards, the Canadian Oscar equivalent, including for director, cinematography, actor, actress and supporting actor;
  • I admit to knowing very little of this story on my favorite sport during the s and s;
  • You believe you are there in the darkened hockey rinks with the use of soft focus and close-ups.

If a goon came after him with threats, Richard would throw the first punch, and it usually would be the last. Despite the tough love relationship, these two would be nothing without each other and their drive—their need—to win would not be stopped.

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It is also a very nice touch seeing all the familiar faces in supporting roles. From Mike Ricci to Vincent Lecavalier to bruiser Sean Averythey all handle themselves well and add a little extra to the proceedings.

THE ROCKET

Without the solid story being told, The Rocket would be just your standard run-of-the-mill sports bio-pic. I realize this and that is why I like it even more. It took the time to be more than just about a career, but instead to be about a life that changed a game and a country. You believe you are there in the darkened hockey rinks with the use of soft focus and close-ups.

REVIEW: Maurice Richard [The Rocket] [2007]

The uniforms are amazing to watch and the old padding, sticks, glove, etc really bring you there. Even the use of black and white to start each transition in time, slowly turning to color worked for me. Call me surprised when viewing the filmography of cinematographer Pierre Gill and seeing the only movie I recognized was the tragic The Covenant.

Hopefully he will get some more quality work after people start checking this film out. Completed init took two years to finally reach theatres and video.