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Do You Believe in Miracles? The Story of the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team (2001)

At the Winter Olympics of 1980, after two tense weeks amidst growing Cold War fears, the U.S. Olympic hockey team found themselves playing improbably against the legendary unbeatable Soviet... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig R. Whitney Craig R. Whitney ... Himself (New York Times)
Walter Mondale ... Himself
John Powers John Powers ... Himself (Boston Globe)
Jack O'Callahan Jack O'Callahan ... Himself
John Harrington John Harrington ... Himself (Forward, USA 1980)
Herb Brooks ... Himself
E.M. Swift E.M. Swift ... Himself
Craig Patrick Craig Patrick ... Himself
Jim Craig Jim Craig ... Himself
Vladislav Tretiak ... Himself
Boris Mikhailov Boris Mikhailov ... Himself
Dave Silk Dave Silk ... Himself (Forward, USA 1980)
Jim Lampley Jim Lampley ... Himself (ABC Sports, 1980)
Bill Baker Bill Baker ... Himself
Mike Eruzione ... Himself (Captain, USA 1980)


At the Winter Olympics of 1980, after two tense weeks amidst growing Cold War fears, the U.S. Olympic hockey team found themselves playing improbably against the legendary unbeatable Soviet Army hockey team for a chance at Olympic Gold. From the live footage taken at Lake Placid, NY, and through interviews beginning with the team's assembly through the experience of winning the gold medal, we meet the young hockey legends Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Jack O'Callahan, Coach Herb Brooks, Manager Craig Patrick, and Russian players Vladislav Tretiak and Boris Mikhailov, with commentary by ABC Sports broadcasters Al Michaels (who yelled, "Do you believe in miracles?" as time expired) and Jim Lampley. Written by Anonymous

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5 February 2001 (USA) See more »

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Lake Placid, New York, USA See more »

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Song at the end of the documentary??
2 July 2005 | by Baseball Movie NutSee all my reviews

Does anyone know the name of the song that runs over the ending credits? I believe it's a Neil Young song, but am not sure.

I just saw this (for the 15th time) on HBO yesterday. And for the 15th time I ended up teary-eyed, blubbering like a little kid.

HBO has produced some fine sports documentaries, but this is, by far, the best one it has ever filmed. The interviews were all excellent with sound bites galore throughout the entire film. Jack O'Callahan's comments near the end about his realization that the team would disband and would never be in tact again was extremely poignant.

Even the Soviet guys interviewed very well. The journalist (Igor Kuperman) was particularly funny.

Anyway, this is a must-watch for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

Thank you.

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