The Russian Five

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8.21 h 38 min201916+
In the late 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings worked to finally break their decades long Stanley Cup drought by extracting players from the Soviet Union, and in the process, changed the way North American hockey is played.
Directors
Joshua Riehl
Starring
Sergei FedorovJeff DanielsViacheslav Fetisov
Genres
SportsSpecial Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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GamingMomReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Truly a masterpiece.
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I was born a Red Wings fan and will die as such. I remember the incidents in the movie vividly, but had only heard rumors of what it took to get these 5 amazing players together on one team. Knowing the story now only makes me appreciate them even more and miss old school hockey.
If you're a Wings fan, or a fan of hockey at all, I highly recommend watching this. You won't be disappointed.
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Joanna OravecReviewed in the United States on June 11, 2019
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Absolutely Brilliant
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I was born during the heat of the '96 playoffs. I grew up hearing and knowing the of the Russian 5. I have been able to pronounce Konstantinov, Larionov, Fedorov, Kozlov, and Fetisov for as long as I can remember, but I don't remember seeing them play. I saw this movie in the theater with my two friends, and it took our breaths away. Despite knowing the story our entire lives, we were completely caught up in this wonderful documentary, we laughed, we cried, we cheered. I can never thank the filmmakers enough for bringing this time alive for me, so I could truly enjoy the spectacle that was the Russian 5.
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JoeReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
How the Dead Wings changed hockey forever
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If you are a fan of NHL in general, you owe yourself to watch this documentary. It was an amazing watch on how the Wings helped tear down the lines of who you can and can't draft. Without the Russian Five, Ovi might not have been here or your other favorite Russian or Chek players. I started watching the Wings in 96 and have been a fan since. Thanks Bishop wherever you are for getting me started down the road of a diehard fan.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dont know Hockey, still loved it!
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Very well done film. I saw it debut at the Detriot Film Festival, and I purchased so i could watch it again!
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JackReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good doc
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Obviously entitled The Russian Five it focuses on the 5 Russians. I would of enjoyed it a bit more if they including the other glaring changes to the team that led them to Lord Stanley. Namely Lidstrom, Bowman and most importantly Stevie Y changing his game completely
9 people found this helpful
John WolfReviewed in the United States on June 7, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Outstanding Human Story
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Okay, I am biased as a life long Red Wings fan. But this story is more about hockey. It's about culture and the human condition. One great doc!
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Marilyn NeveReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2019
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Fantastic Documentary About A Fascinating Time
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Amazing and insightful, it brought back tons of great memories. When the Wings got swept in 1995 I broke a television. I cried when they won it in 1997. This was a great documentary about a truly fascinating part of NHL history.
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archemedesReviewed in the United States on June 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great video
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I grew up watching these guys. Was really great to see the stories behind the scenes. Very well put together.
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