Theatrical Release: February 6, 2004
DVD Release: May 18, 2004


“Miracle” is the dramatic true story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team’s rise from obscurity. In 1979, Coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) was selected to coach Team USA in the 1980 Olympic Games at Lake Placid, NY. He was the last player to be cut from the U.S. Hockey Team before it won its last gold medal in 1960. The Soviet team dominated the sport of hockey in 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976. This movie brings to vibrant life the passion, ingenuity, tenacity, discipline and determination that Coach Brooks, a man of few words or visible emotion, passes on to his squad of college kids.

“Miracle” will inspire and motivate its audience, young or old, hockey fans or not. Much of this movie is about the inner struggle and team dynamics that produced the “miracle” win by the U.S. over the Soviets. This “cold war” will warm your heart.

Dove Review

Coach Herb Brooks, who missed playing for the USA Olympic hockey team of 1960 by one week, gets a chance at winning as he coaches the 1980 USA Olympic team. He is a hard worker who pushes his team beyond what they initially believe they can endure. At times his work ethic causes some problems between his wife and himself, but they persevere and she stands with him as he pursues his dream of once, just once, beating the great Soviet hockey team in the Olympics. This movie does contain some language, but the film stays within our limits of acceptable content. This is an inspiring film, based on the true story of Herb Brooks and his outstanding hockey team, and we recommend it for ages twelve and above and award the movie four Doves.

Content Description

Sex: A sexual comment referring to monkeys.
Language: H-21; A-4; D-3; Cr*p-2; B-1; Scr*w 'em-2.
Violence: A few hockey fights and a bloody nose.
Drugs: Drinking.
Nudity: Cleavage
Other: Some political comments about the Soviet Union of 1980; at one point the coach pushes the team to the point of a few of them vomiting.


Company: Disney
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Producer: Mark Ciardi
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 145 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter