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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
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Documentary, Sport
Joshua Riehl
Keith Gave, Joshua Riehl, Jason Wehling
Viacheslav Fetisov, Jim Devellano, Jeff Daniels, Sergei Fedorov
Audio Languages
Deutsch, English, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
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» (11)

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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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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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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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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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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.