Do you believe in miracles? YES!Miracle
— Al Michaels
is a 2004 film starring Kurt Russell
based on the true story of 1980 US Ice Hockey
team and the "Miracle On Ice" at the 1980 Winter Olympics
This film provides examples of:
- American Accents: Herb definitely carries a strong Upper Midwest accent, but although he's from Minnesota, he is most certainly NOT Minnesota Nice, at least to his players.
- Armor-Piercing Question: "Who do you play for?" The United States of America!
- Based on a True Story
- Cast the Expert: Nearly all of those cast as hockey players had played at least at the major college level. Special mention goes to Billy Schneider, who played his own father, Buzz.
- David Versus Goliath
- Defeating the Undefeatable
- Direct-to-DVD: Its fate in the UK (see also Invincible and The Greatest Game Ever Played).
- Foregone Conclusion: Yes, the US team wins.
- Genghis Gambit: Implied to be the reason Brooks is so hard on his players - if they're united against him, they "won't have time to fight each other."
- Meaningful Name: Mike Eruzione. It's Italian for "eruption."
- Miracle Rally
- Opposing Sports Team: The Soviets, though they're not portrayed as an "evil" team like most examples of this trope. They're simply shown as being a superior hockey team.
- Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits: The US team, but gradually grow into True Companions.
- The Rival: The Soviet Union, probably the best team in the world at the time having won the gold medal in 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976.
- Rousing Speech: Coach Brooks has a particularly awesome one he delivers to his team before their game versus the Soviets.
- Shown Their Work: During the USA's game against West Germany (FRG), the scoreboard mistakenly shows the team abbreviation GDR, which was German Democratic Republic, or East Germany. However, the mistake wasn't made by the filmmakers; rather, it happened in the original game.
- Sports Widow: Brooks's wife wishes he would pick his head from out of the game film and have some family time every now and then, but for the most part, she stays supportive of his goal, especially once it becomes clear how important their Olympic performance could be.
- Training from Hell: After a particularly lackluster exhibition performance, Herb has them skating line sprints well past the arena lights go off until they understand who they play for. Counts for the cast as well; to make their fatigue look as real as possible, they actually did the sprints for hours on end over three days.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Herb Brooks. Much of his Training from Hell and harsher moments are done specifically so he can mold the hockey team into one that can beat the Soviet Union, and at times provoke players into giving him their very best performances. As stated in-film, "Herb has a reason for everything he does".
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: The final game for the US was not against the Soviets, but Finland, who were also a very strong team.