The Rocket

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The Rocket ★★★ Maurice Richard2005 (PG)

Inspiring biopic of hockey legend Maurice “The Rocket” Richard (perfectly portrayed by Dupuis), who, in the 1940s and 50s, rises from the Quebec working-class to stardom with the Montreal Canadiens and winner of multiple Stanley Cups. Although his speed and skill make him popular with the fans, Richard has to battle prejudice against French-speaking players from the controlling, Anglo hockey establishment. Injuries lead to constant trade talk and Richard also isn't afraid to push for much-needed NHL reforms, which doesn't endear him to the suits. English and French with subtitles. 124m/C DVD . CA Roy Dupuis, Stephen McHattie, Charles Biname, Ken Scott, Patrice Robitaille, Julie Le Breton, Francois Langlois Vallieres, Ian Laperriere, Vincent Lecavalier, Serge Roude, Ted Dillon; C: Pierre Gill; M: Michel Cusson.