- Nov 9, 2013View Source
Has anybody seen this yet? I was having a beer at a pub in Almaty, Kazakhstan and saw some Team Canada 1972 sweaters on one of the TV screens out of the corner of eye. Looked like it was a promo for a story about Valeri Kharlamov.
To my surprise, it was one of the featured movies on the Austrian Air flight from Vienna to Chicago today. So I watched it (English subtitles). Pretty good movie - a little romance, a couple of mild mistakes, a little artistic license thrown in, but all-in-all definitely worth watching.
For instance, they didn't bother giving the Ken Dryden character a Dryden-style mask - it was more of a vintage 1973-74 Billy Smith model. But they did have him using a Sher-Wood stick, and doing the Dryden pose after giving up a goal.
And they did a great job of working Dick Beddoes into the mix - garish jacket, hat and glasses, promising to eat his column.
They had Trudeau's sideburns down, and Bobby Clarke looked reasonably close to the real Bobby Clarke, but Phil Esposito was a dead ringer for Tim McCracken.
Not sure the young Kharlamov could have climbed from one cooling tower to the other, hand-over-hand along a connecting cable ... but it made for great drama!
Kharlamov's buddy throughout the story was a player named Guskov (No. 2) - probably Gusev, with the name altered for legal reasons.
Notably, they had Clarkie whacking Valera's leg during Game 1 - I thought this was done in Moscow?
The interesting aspect was the characterization of Anatoli Tarasov. They had him as the complex character, a mix of Herb Brooks and Scotty Bowman. A master motivator / tormentor, with the team, his team, CSKA and the national team, above all, even the Soviet Sports Committee. I wonder how close to the truth this was? Arthur, can you comment?
(Back in the, back in the, back in the USSA)