The Rocket (2005)

The Rocket is extremely hard to find on disc, rent, or even stream online. Maybe it is because it is so captivating or because the people of Quebec want to keep their hero to themselves. You may have to dig into the history pages of the NHL to learn who Maurice Richard was, but for anyone who loves hockey or the Montreal Canadiens knows this man was a God amongst us. His legacy is untouched and this guy could do no wrong in the eyes of his fans and the general population. He was one of the game’s first superstars, in a market that ate, breathed, and slept hockey. The Rocket is seriously one of the greatest hockey movies ever produced, because it gives you a glimpse into the life of one of the most humble and respected men of all-time, without painting us as a superstar or celebrity. When Richard got suspended for a handful of games, the city of Montreal rioted and destroyed many things in protest. These people would not stand for their hero getting banished, since it seemed they were trying to hold him down because he was a French-Canadian, from Quebec. People riot for variety of reasons, mostly political, but these people went crazy over a hockey player. If you love hockey and treasure the history of the game, do yourself a favour and watch The Rocket, trust me when I say you will not be disappointed in the slightest. This Canadian produced, limited release, biography really captured what a true sports biography is supposed to be. 9/10 


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