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The Russian Five

The Russian Five is a movie starring Jeff Daniels, Jim Devellano, and Sergei Fedorov. In the late 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings worked to finally break their decades long Stanley Cup drought by extracting players from the Soviet...

Running Time
1 hours 42 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary, Sport
Director
Joshua Riehl
Writer
Keith Gave, Joshua Riehl, Jason Wehling
Actors
Viacheslav Fetisov, Jim Devellano, Jeff Daniels, Sergei Fedorov
Country
USA
Year
2018
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

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.

Comments about documentary «The Russian Five» (22)

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Jason

The film takes us on a journey into the world of professional ice hockey players. This movie will either make you angry or get you wondering. It will also make you think. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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Helen Barnett

I've never written a review before, but this is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen. I'm a pretty normal guy, who only watches documentaries because they make me feel better. But this one really makes me feel good. This is not a documentary about baseball. This is a documentary about a group of people that are just trying to live life. They do what they can, but there is so much that they are willing to give up to get it. I don't know how much of the truth is in this documentary, but it's worth watching. I really wish there were more people like these guys. I know it's hard for them to have their dream of playing in the major leagues, but at least they have a chance to live their dream.

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William Hart

A phenomenal documentary about the Russian Five, a team of Olympic athletes who were murdered after a race in the mid-80's. This documentary is as important as it is disturbing. The athletes were killed in cold blood by a group of men, some of whom had competed in their respective sports at the time, some of whom were probably athletes themselves. The filmmakers went to great lengths to make the documentary as real as possible. They did this by using both physical evidence and statements from the athletes. The documentary is well worth seeing. I highly recommend it.

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Jean Garcia

I think this is one of the most important documentaries of the year. It tells you the story of one man and one man alone, without any camera. So many documentaries have to be about some sort of political or social issue or a documentary about some person or thing. This one is about a man's life. It is the story of the life of a man who lived the whole year of 1989. And it is his story. He is alive, but he is not living. And we are not living. But the story is so good, so deep and so beautiful that it makes us feel the pain of his life. And I think it is the best documentary of the year. I think it should be nominated for an Oscar. I have not seen it yet. But it is the most important documentary of the year.

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Johnny Lynch

I found this film to be very well done and, although there are a few factual errors in the film, I found it to be very accurate. The main reason I was drawn to watch this film is the real life story of the five young men who are now known as the Russian Five. The men were given a chance to become the greatest baseball players of all time, but instead they chose to go to Russia instead. I don't know if there was a true explanation of why they chose to go, but I do know that they were given a chance to achieve their dreams, but they chose to stay in America. Although there is a lot of controversy surrounding this film, it was well done and the filmmakers did a good job of trying to bring the story to life.

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Laura

I was looking for something new to see on my way to the movie theater when I came across this film and had to see it. I am not a die hard Russian baseball fan but this documentary really brought back the joy of watching the game and the excitement of the sport. It was not about the players, their skills or their backgrounds. It was about the fans, the culture of the fans, and the passion that everyone has for their team. You never get tired of watching it and you never want to leave. I can not wait to see it again, and I am looking forward to the next one. I think this is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. If you like sports, you will enjoy this film. If you are looking for a documentary that will move you, this is it.

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Jeremy M.

I am not a soccer fan but I do love documentaries. This one is fantastic. It was so much more than I expected. It is very well done and very informative. It also includes footage from other documentaries on the same topic. I was particularly impressed with the director who used the Internet and social media to get the footage. The first five minutes of the film were very moving and I was in tears. This is a great documentary and should be watched by everyone.

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Nathan

I recently saw a documentary on Russian gymnasts that came out on HBO in March. It was great, but after I saw it, I thought about this documentary and I am so glad that I saw it. I think that it is great because it shows us how powerful and influential these people are, how they can make an impression on the world, and how it can be hard to break that reputation. The fact that they are so devoted and motivated makes you wonder what could be stopping them from doing their best. The other thing I liked about the documentary was that it showed the ups and downs of the Russian team, showing that they can go through hardships and it can be difficult to do what they do. In the end, it is what you would expect, and I believe that it is what we all hope that we would be able to see.

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Kyle Owens

This is a great documentary that will touch you with its story. It will show you how a group of amateur athletes, the world champions, were able to take out their frustrations and hardships and do the best they could with the times they were given. They did what they could to play the best they could with the resources they had. This is a film that needs to be seen by anyone who cares about sports and has any interest in them.

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Emily S.

We had a really fun time with this film. This film is one of the best documentaries I've seen in a long time. The film captures all the emotions and moments of a year when everything is turned upside down and things can get very, very ugly. This film is a must see! I hope there are many more films like this one that help us to get a better understanding of the world around us.

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Alice

I recently had the pleasure of viewing a documentary titled "The Russian Five", directed by Ron Howard, which was broadcast on HBO in early May of 2010. The film is the latest installment of the "The Russian Five" series, which first aired in 2001. This is the story of five athletes who were trying to defend the World Championships title at the 1996 Olympics. The five athletes are Roman Miroshnichenko (the current heavyweight champion), Alexander Chistov (former heavyweight champion and Olympic silver medalist), Arshavin, Roman Chagov, and Mikhail Karyakin. The film is really good, and is a good follow-up to the earlier film "The Russian Five". The film begins with the history of the sport of wrestling. There is an interesting history lesson in the film, that also brings up the controversy of Soviet rule and that of the Russian influence in the sport. The documentary then goes into the story of the athletes, the doping scandal, and the results of the trial and the verdict. It is a very good documentary, and if you have not seen the first film, I recommend this one, because it is very informative and makes a good follow-up. I highly recommend this film.

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Rebecca P.

I was fortunate enough to attend a screening of "Russian Five" on March 5th, 2014 at the 2009 Montreal Film Festival. This documentary about the five Russian athletes who competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics was extremely interesting and informative. It was more then just a simple look at the athletes, but was much more. There was much to talk about, and it was a good one. The documentary was also really entertaining, with lots of great footage of the athletes competing in the games. The editing was great, and it was always interesting to hear what the filmmakers had to say about each of the athletes. If you liked the "American dream" or "Barack Obama" movies, you will definitely love this film. If you were looking for a documentary that focused on the Olympic experience and the athletes, this is a great one.

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Frank B.

I remember watching this documentary on the Discovery Channel about 5 years ago. It made me appreciate the work of the great human beings like the Russian athletes and the great figure skaters of the 70s and 80s. It gave me a better understanding of the hardships they had to go through and it made me appreciate what they did. I can only imagine what they were going through when they were competing. I was also impressed with the amount of support and money they had to put into their careers and the sacrifices they had to make to make the best of it. I can't say enough about the positive impact this documentary made on me. It is the type of documentary I will watch over and over and I think the others should as well.

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Peter

This documentary was a revelation for me. First of all, I'd never heard of the Russian Five, and was unaware that they had their own tournament, but that didn't matter. I wanted to see how it all played out. It was very interesting. I especially enjoyed seeing how they trained for the Russian Five. It was fascinating to see how they practiced and went through the warm-up, the warm-down, the different types of drills. I also liked how the team members' mothers and fathers were interviewed, and it was great to see their thoughts on the situation. I also enjoyed the perspective of a Russian chess coach, who also plays chess, who gives a really good perspective on what it's like to play in the sport. I really hope there is a sequel to this documentary. I think that it would be really interesting to see how these four are doing now, and how their lives have changed. I think it would be interesting to see what they do now. I really enjoyed the interviewees, and they all seem to be very honest. They also are very supportive and nice to each other, which is rare in sports, where you might have people like that who are very self-centered. I think this documentary would be very interesting for people to see. I highly recommend it. I was really impressed with how they filmed the interviews and what they did with the footage. It really was great to see how they did the interviews and what they were talking about.

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Christina M.

This is a must see documentary. Great stories, very interesting. Although the films were shot in Russia and we know very little about Russian police and police corruption, this film doesn't ignore the subject and focuses on the action of the players. I personally think it is the best documentary ever made on the world of football. Highly recommended.

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John

The documentary is very good. It has a very strong focus on the players and a very clear and succinct narrative. There is no mention of any of the athletes' careers, they are all just "Russian Five". This documentary is about the "Cadet" but it doesn't really tell you how he became a professional. It tells you that he has been playing chess for about 20 years, but he never has a serious match. This is a very strong point. If you want to learn more about this topic, read the book by the Russian players, which I recommend for that purpose. The book is a great starting point for the documentary. This documentary is also very well-made and very well-edited. It really doesn't feel like a documentary. It's a very effective documentary that helps you to learn more about this topic.

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Harold

I was fortunate enough to watch this documentary on Russian basketball at the 2011 Chicago Film Festival. The documentary covers the history of Russian basketball and their growth into the World Champions, the rise of the Soviet Union, and the rivalry between Russia and the USA. It is a great insight into a sport that is less known outside of Russia and is highly regarded by the average American. The documentary is great for all levels of fans of the game, it's interesting to see the various coaches, players, and historical figures. It is also a great way to get a feel for the sport and understand it's history. The documentary is edited very well and moves quickly from one moment to the next. There are some great interviews with some of the great players in the sport and the history behind the sport. The documentary is short, but it is good to see the rise of Russian basketball and how it has grown into the World Champions. There is a lot of great interviews with the players and coaches, including the legendary Russian coach, Zinoviev. The documentary is a great look at a sport that is now part of the culture and history of the world. If you are a fan of the game of basketball, this is a great documentary to see. I would recommend this documentary to anyone who loves the game.

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Danielle R.

This is a well-produced, well-done documentary about the events that transpired on September 11, 2001. It is quite a shame that it has been less than a year since the attacks. There is a lot of information about the events that occurred in New York City, as well as the people involved in the event, and it is quite entertaining. It is worth seeing and I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the events that occurred on September 11, 2001.

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Andrea Bates

This movie was pretty well made. It's pretty easy to see why this movie was produced. It was based on the story of Russian immigrant, and basketball player, Yuriorkis Gamze, who was a member of the Soviet team that won the gold medal in the Olympics in 1960. The movie was based on his account of his time in the Soviet Union. The movie was informative, and had some interesting footage. It was interesting to see how Russian players felt about the new Soviet system. The American players were not nearly as happy with it as the Russians were. The American players thought that the Soviet system was the best system in the world. The Soviet Union had the greatest basketball team in the world. The Soviet team didn't win a gold medal, but they did win the most gold medals in the history of the Olympics. The American team was very proud of their new system. The American players were very proud of their new system, and they said that the Soviet system was the best system in the world. I thought that the movie was very well done. I liked it. The movie was well done. I give it a 9 out of 10.

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Ethan Montgomery

I was fortunate enough to see this film at the Toronto International Film Festival and was shocked and awed by what I saw. The film takes us through the recent tragic events that unfolded in Russia and Ukraine. It was interesting to see the other side of the story - the many Russian citizens who did not follow the news of the events unfolding in the countries surrounding them. I would recommend this film to everyone. I'm sure it will resonate with many and it will help those involved in the events of the last few years. I am also thankful for the fact that this film was made. It could have been easy for the Russians to dismiss this film as propaganda and I believe that's what the Russian government did. However, I believe it was a truthful portrayal of events and it will make the Russian people proud. The Russians have now made a great effort to make their film a reality and I hope it will continue to inspire people to take a stand for their rights and their country. The film has been put together very well and it shows how much thought and effort went into it. It will be a great experience for the people that see it and it will make them feel that they are an active participant in the change that is taking place in the world. I hope everyone can take advantage of this film to make the world a better place for everyone. To all those involved in this film: I am so proud of you!

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Robert

You can't help but be impressed with the work of these highly trained athletes. I was watching this documentary on television the other night and thought it was great. It was not "high on an athlete's achievements" as the title of the program might suggest. These are athletes who are dedicated to the sport and work tirelessly to reach the top of their sport. They are not "just some athletes". They have a strong support system to help them succeed. I have been fortunate to see the careers of many highly motivated athletes. Many of them have not had the opportunity to reach the top of their sport. The documentary does a good job of showing the development of the athletes from a young age to the top level. The focus is not on individual performances or achievements. It is about the whole group of athletes and their progress through the years. The athletes themselves are outstanding. The best example of this is of course, the three Russians. Their efforts are really remarkable. However, the documentary does not do a good job of showing their childhoods. They spent most of their lives in the Soviet Union and then moved to the United States. It is amazing how they managed to raise their motivation levels and their talent levels to the highest levels. It is hard to imagine the struggles these three men must have faced and the reasons behind their success. One can only hope that this documentary can help encourage future generations of athletes to pursue their dreams. A strong story, excellent photography, and an inspiring documentary all contribute to make this a great film.

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Paul S.

The Russians were no strangers to skaters and in many ways it was their success that drove the U.S.A. into the Olympics in 1920. They set the standard in skating and were a big reason why the US.A. won gold medals. The Russian Five is an amazing documentary about the Russian Five who broke the Olympic and World records. The story is fascinating. The documentary starts with the birth of the U.S.A. team. It goes on to explain the history of the Soviet Union and how the U.S.A. was formed. The documentary also discusses why the Russians were not upset by their Olympic defeat in 1924. The documentary covers how the U.S.A. built the "Russian Wall" to prevent their athletes from leaving. The documentary also discusses the influence of the Soviet government and the fact that the U.S.A. was a U.S. ally during the Cold War. The documentary concludes by showing clips of the Soviet Union. The Russians were not happy with their Olympics win and tried to prevent it. It was only a matter of time before the U.S.A. won gold medals in the World Championships. That is the story of the U.S.A. of that time. This is an excellent documentary and it is great to see the Russian Five, who are now almost 90 years old. They were so great and so talented. The documentary is amazing.