The Russian Five

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USA | 2018 | 99 minutes | Joshua Riehl

Opens April 26, 2019

Sports and politics clash in this documentary about five Russian hockey stars who defected to America to join the Detroit Redwings in the ‘80s, leading to the team's back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.


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In 1982 the Detroit Red Wings glory days of Gordie Howe and four Stanley Cup championships over six years were ancient history. However, newly hired general manager Jim Devellano came up with an audacious plan to infuse new talent into the club, turning his attention toward the hallowed Russian Red Army team, one of the most dominant collections of hockey talent ever assembled. Through a number of covert encounters that would not be out of place in an espionage film, Devellano and his talent scouts enticed Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, and Viacheslav Fetisov to defect to America and join the Red Wings organization. The team later added two other Russian superstars with Vyacheslav Kozlov and Igor Larionov, both crucial pieces to the team's back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

  • Director: Joshua Riehl
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2018
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Producer: Jenny Feterovich, Stephen Bannatyne, Jason Wehling, Raisa Churina, Keith Gave
  • Cinematographers: Chris Rosik and Pavel Belyavsky
  • Editors: David Fabelo
  • Language: English