Red Army

Red Army ★★★★

As much a film about ice-hockey as Man on Wire is a film about circus performers. The scene is set at the beginning of this doco as archival footage shows Ronald Reagan telling us how wrong the cause of the Soviets is.
The reality is so much more complicated but through the story of the Soviet ice hockey team from the late 70's to the 90's, and particularly its gifted captain Slava Fetisov, what emerges is a story not just of an outstanding team (and there is plenty of footage for ice hockey fans) but of true comradeship - not in its communist terms but in the fraternal bonds of teammates in the light of the strict Soviet regimen and through the emergence of Glasnost. Festisov is a fascinating study - a flawed hero and in interviews now, a cranky but highly intelligent man.

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