If you play hockey, you know this movie. If you like watching hockey, you know this movie. If you have any recollection of the Winter Olympics of 1980, you know this movie.
" Miracle" is Disney's portrayal of the 1980 USA Men's Hockey team and their miracle that year. When you Google "1980", the first search suggestion is "1980 USA hockey team". That is the lasting effect of this team on America. Here is a brief sypnosis of the film, for all of you who have not seen this movie. And if you haven't--it is a must.
Herb Brooks, a member of the 1960 Olympic team until he was cut one week from the games, scores the position of coaching this team for the 1980 games. He works all 26 men so hard to be a team, working through rivalries and pushing boundaries. They do have one common goal: beat the Soviets, and a gold medal.
During this era, America was scared because of the Cold War. Beating the Soviets would be huge for America, even with all odds against them. They came from behind, and eventually pulled through. A story of both failure and success, this movie brings out your American pride.
Regardless of liking hockey or understanding it, this movie will evoke your most immense pride to be American and what it means to work as a team. Being proud to live in this country is just one reason why this movie is so iconic. There are many quotable lines from this movie, and regardless of you knowing you are quoting "Miracle," you could be.
1. “Great moments are born from great opportunities.”
2. “OC’s playing baby!”
3. “Mike Eruzione. Winthrop Mass.”
“Who do you play for?”
“The United States of America.”
4. "Five seconds left in the game. Do you believe in miracles? Yes!"
These are quotes that stick out personally, but there are so so so many more. The video of the little boy quoting Herb’s great opportunity speech? Watch here. Cutest thing.
The men. The men who are saying their lines, acting as amazing hockey players and doing it to perfection. The beautiful actors portraying the influential men from America's 1980 dream team. From Jack O'Callahan, born in Massachusetts and student at Boston University, to Rob McClanahan, born in Minnesota and student at the University of Minnesota, they are something else.
In conclusion, if these three reasons alone don't make you want to pull out your laptop and Google “watch "Miracle" online free”, I don't know what to tell you. This movie feeds you with pride to be an American, and you get to do so while watching some beautiful people.
Long live America and the story of the 1980 USA Men's Hockey team. And praise hockey boys. Keep doing you.