In the late 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings hockey team was a laughing stock, often called the “Dead Wings”. After a wealthy pizza magnate bought the failing franchise, he appointed an unorthodox General Manager to build a championship team. Throwing off conventional wisdom, the new GM looked to America’s mortal enemy in the Cold War, the Soviet Union itself. Through a plot that sounds like a spy novel, the Red Wings organization brought on one Russian after another, sneaking them out under cover of night and whisking them to the Motor City, only to find that the new players faced another problem: Integration. This film follows the stories of the five Russian players that emigrated to America, took root in Detroit, Michigan, and struggled to fit in, all while training day and night to become Stanley Cup champions. Nominated for Best Documentary at the Seattle International Film Festival. "This is foremost a study in team building and hockey tactics, and we get an abundance of ice time, much of it energizing to watch." - Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times
The Russian Five.
Gunpowder & Sky, 2019.; [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2019.
Title from title frames.; Film; In Process Record.
Jeff Daniels, Jim Devellano, Sergei Fedorov
Originally produced by Gunpowder & Sky in 2019.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Riehl, Joshua, film director.; Daniels, Jeff, actor.; Devellano, Jim, actor.; Fedorov, Sergei, actor.
Gunpowder & Sky (Firm), dst; Kanopy (Firm), dst