Awesome Miracle movie trivia you never knew

Miracle movie trivia about the US olympic hockey teamSo I’m sitting in my office answering emails today and have the great movie Miracle on in the background (You know, the story of the US hockey team at the Olympics in Lake Placid? If you haven’t seen it you’re an idiot).

Anyway, I got to thinking, who played all those hockey players in the movie, on both US and the USSR teams?  Any real actors?  Or college players faking it?  Anyone who was actually good who made the NHL?  etc…….

So of course I turn to the Internet to do some searching and find something completely different and even more interesting. MOVIE TRIVIA!  Here are some of the better ones about the movie that I found:

– The game against the Soviets was filmed in Vancouver at the PNO Agrodome – an arena featured in another legendary USA Vs. USSR battle; the Soviet arena where Rocky fought Ivan Drago in Rocky IV.

– Over 4,000 men auditioned for only 20 roles on the US Olympic Ice Hockey Team in the movie.

– Over 280 miles of film were shot, more than any other Disney movie.

– The scene where Herb Brooks makes the team skate back and forth on the ice all night, after their 3-3 tie with Norway, was actually done by the real actors over a span of three days – 12 hours a day. The director wanted the moment to be as realistic as possible.

– Although Al Michaels and Ken Dryden recreated the bulk of their commentary for the film, the closing seconds of the game against the USSR use the actual original ABC Sports commentary from 1980.

– To avoid confusion, during filming Kurt Russell referred to the actors/hockey players cast as Team USA exclusively by their corresponding characters’ names or nicknames, not their real names. For the most part, the Team USA actors maintained this policy among themselves also.

– Kurt Russell took a pay cut so the 800-1000 extras used as the fans at the hockey game had a full hot meal instead of a brown-bag lunch.

– The fan who drapes the flag on Jim Craig’s shoulders at the end is the movie’s director Gavin O’Connor

As for who all the actor/players were?  Still searching…….

 

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