Miracle Script - Dialogue Transcript

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Miracle Script



In other news tonight,

a Constitutional amendment



which would allow 18-year-olds

to vote in all elections



cleared the Congress



and headed for the White House

this afternoon.



President Nixon

has given every indication



that he will soon sign

the amendment into law.



This is not an invasion

of Cambodia.



As the increasingly

powerful Soviet military



displayed its arsenal

at this year's May Day parade,



the State Department reaffirmed



that the Cold War

is as cold as ever.



The Soviets take the ball in.



It's a crosscourt pass to Belov!



He's got it! He's up!

He scores!



And the Soviets win the gold

over the United States!



Because people have got to know



whether or not their president's

a crook. Well, I'm not a crook.



I shall resign the presidency

effective at noon tomorrow.



The secret behind

today's modern computer



is the silicon chip.



Some experts predict

this modern marvel



might one day impact

our daily lives.



This is

homecoming day for Apollo   .



The last round trip to the moon



Americans may take

in this century.



That's right! Now anyone

can turn their ordinary TV



into a magic box of video games.



I, Gerald R. Ford, do solemnly

swear that I will faithfully...



We must whip inflation

right now.



What was called

''peace with honor''



only a few short months ago



has disintegrated into utter

chaos as the U.S. evacuated...



Okay, let's light this place up.



Let's get on the dance floor.

Come on, everybody, now.



Streaking continues

to take the nation by storm



as college students

across the country



are shedding their clothes.



Happy    th birthday,

America, and many, many more!



That I will faithfully




The office of the President

of the United States.



The office of President

of the United States.



Billy Beer

hit the shelves this week.



The White House

declined to comment



on the business venture

of President Carter's brother.



As President Carter

issued the order



prohibiting the purchase

of Iranian oil,



Americans again find themselves

dealing with another oil crisis.



Governor Brown,



implementing emergency




reviewed his plan

for gas rationing.




arrangements for Elvis Presley



have not yet been announced.



The entertainer died Tuesday

in Memphis



from what doctors called

cardiac arrhythmia.



MAN : Breaker   -  Northbound.




Mr. Carter approved

emergency financial aid



for the Love Canal area

of Niagara Falls, New York.



That area is

in a state of crisis



because of chemical leakage



in the landfill

on which it's built.



Authorities say there's been



an uncontrolled release

of radiation



from the Three Mile Island

nuclear facility,



but details are still unclear.



It is a crisis of confidence.



lt is a crisis that strikes

at the very heart and soul



and spirit of our national will.



The symptoms of this crisis

of the American spirit



are all around us.



USA Hockey.



Please hold.



USA Hockey.



He's just stepping

into a meeting.



When's the best time

to reach you?



He's got your number?









Hey, Walter.

How we doing?



Good to see you.



How was the flight?



Oh, not bad.



Well, that's great.



Everybody's waiting to see us.



Who all's here?



Just money who's got a say

in this thing.



Bob Fleming, the International

Council, USA Hockey.



Lou Nanne, I think you know,

from the NHL.



The only way we can compete

with the Eastern Bloc teams



is if we're willing to change.



Change what?



The way we train, the way we

prepare, even our schedule.



What kind of scheduling changes

are we talking about?



I think we need to

make it longer.



Much more competitive.




You gonna pay for that?



We also need to change the way

we play the game.



What exactly does that mean?



My plan is to adopt a new style.



A hybrid of the Soviet school

and the Canadian school.



A combination that requires the

highest level of conditioning,



speed, creativity,

and most of all, team chemistry.



Is this what you've been using

at the University of Minnesota?



We've been phasing it in over

the last couple of years.



He has won

three NCAA titles, fellas.



Walter, we don't have years.

We have months.



You think you can take kids

who've never played together



and teach them a new style

of play in the time we have?



Here's the North American style.



What if these kids can't

pick it up fast enough?



We all know we're

a long shot for a medal,



but we don't want to

get embarrassed.



-That's right.

-That's right.



Bob, four years ago,

our Olympic team



lost to the Czech ''B'' team.



I think it was   - .



In all due respect, I don't

think we can embarrass ourselves



any more than that.



That's assuming

they don't go pro.



I don't know about you, but I'd

have a hard time giving up money



to finish sixth at Lake Placid.



It's a tough draw, Herb.

Tough draw.



It's a tough draw even if

we don't play the Soviets.



What the hell happens if we do?



We put our best on the ice

with them last year.



Professional all-stars.

They still beat us.



It wasn't because

you weren't good enough.



All-star teams fail



because they rely solely

on the individual's talent.



The Soviets win because

they take that talent



and use it inside a system



that's designed for

the betterment of the team.



My goal is to beat them

at their own game.



Beat the best team in the world?



Gold medalists in

'   '   '   '  ?



That's a pretty lofty goal,




Lou, that's why I want to

pursue it.



Well, fellas,

any more questions?



-I'm good.




That's it for me.




It's good seeing you.



-Herb, thanks.

-Thanks a lot.



-Thanks a lot.

-Appreciate it.






It's coming down out there.



Hey, where are the kids?



Oh, I gave them away.



How'd it go?



Ah, I'm not their guy.



The only reason

they had me come out there



was because two other coaches

already said no.



I think they're still

looking East coast.



What's that?



-It's a costume party, Herb.

-No, Patti.



Come on. Nick and Nora Charles.

''The Thin Man.''



You're gonna make me wear this?



They're sophisticated, they're

dashing, they're debonair.



I've got a mustache for you.



-No, Patti.

-A little dog for me.



You can leave



You can go



'Cause you know

I love you so



Excuse me.



But you can suit, suit,




Baby, you can suit yourself



Oh, Linda, can you get

that for me?



Oh, sure.






Yes, just a moment, please.



Patti, it's for Herb.



Someone from the U.S.O.C.



It's  - !



All right, it's gonna be

a dramatic comeback.













You've got a call from Colorado.



We're not done here.



Yes, well, so then he what?



He just went along with that?



Well, I appreciate that, Walter.



Thank you.



What'd they say?



I got the job.



I got the job.

How about that, huh?



Oh, great! Oh!



-When do you start?

-Two weeks.



Two weeks? They want you

to start that soon?



The games are in February.



Yeah, but it's June.

Is there even ice?




Mommy, Mommy.



We're supposed to take the kids

to the Black Hills.



I know, I know.



Cleopatra's leaving,

and she wants to say goodbye.



Okay. Okay.



I gotta call Craig Patrick

right now.



-Hey, Buzz.




What's going on?



-How are you doing?




-Phil Verchota.







Ralph Cox. U.N.H.



Name, please.



-Mike Ramsey.

-Hi, Mike.



Number, towel.



Jack O'Callahan, right?



-Last time I checked.

-Good luck.



-Thanks, buddy.

-Who's next?



Jimmy Craig.



Hey, Jack.



What's up, you sieve?



-How's it going?




Is there a reason why

Joey Mullen's not here?



Yeah, about       of them,



all sitting in

his New York bank account.



He got a $      signing bonus?



-Crazy, isn't it?




How's it looking?



A lot of guys

from Minnesota and Boston.



Yeah, that's gonna work.



You're Robbie McClanahan, right?






Mike Eruzione.

Boston University.



'   .



'   .



Try to play for Brooks

a little more, huh?



I played for him for four years.



A few more months wouldn't hurt.

How about you?



Just trying to play a little

more hockey, that's all.



Rest of your boys all here?



Of course.

Think they'd miss out on this?



Might want to wait a day or so

before you go over and say hi.




Come on, hit those lines!



Head for the net!

The net!



Come on, come on!



Skate, boys! Skate!






Drop your shoulder!



On the wing!



Hey, go to the blue line!



Man, look at that move.



Whoo, Rizzo!






Cross him off the list.



Kid doesn't have a shot

of making this team.



-You think so?

-No way.



One more!



Do it again!



Pucks in, pucks in!



Forward! Blue line!



So, Doc cleared him.

Says it's just a sprain.






I wanted to let you know



how much I'm looking forward to

being able to coach with you.



You were a hell of

a player, Craig.



And you're gonna make

a hell of a coach.






I'm gonna need you to

stick tight with these kids.



If there's any big problems,

you'll let me know.



Otherwise, you take

care of it, okay?






Take a look at that.



What's this?






The tough part

will be getting it to   



before the opening ceremonies.



What, this is the final roster?



You're kidding me, right?



This is our first day, Herb.

I mean, we got a week of this.



What about the advisory staff?



Aren't they supposed to

have a say in this?



Technically, I guess.

I don't know.



Well, you're missing

some of the best players.



I'm not looking

for the best players.



I'm looking for the right ones.



You have Jim Craig

to back up Janaszak?



Other way around.



Other way around?



I'm sorry, didn't Janaszak just

win you a National Championship?



Jannie is a solid goaltender,

but we're not playing



for the National Championship

here, Craig.



People I speak to

say Craig's game has been off



since his mom died.



Did they ever see him

when his game's on?



Hughes. Ross.



Auge. Delich.



Horsch. Strobel.



Christoff. Morrow.



Suter. Ramsey.



Janaszak. Christian.



Pavelich. Verchota.



Baker. Harrington.



Schneider. O'Callahan.



McClanahan. Silk.



Johnson. Craig.



Cox. Eruzione.



And that's the roster for now.



Rest of you,

thanks for coming out.




-Congratulations, Robbie.



Way to go, Rizzo.



Take a good look, gentlemen.



'Cause they're the ones

getting off easy.



We're putting

a few of you on reserve



in case somebody gets injured

or their game goes to hell.



The final roster will have

   names on it in   months,



so more of you are going home.



You give   %, you'll make

my job very, very easy.



I'll be your coach.

I won't be your friend.



If you need one of those, take

it up with Doc or Coach Patrick.






All right, gentlemen.



Congratulations to all of you.



That's it for today.



On the way out,

pick up one of these.



You've got a little homework

to do before you celebrate.



Thank you.












Hold on a minute.



Hey, Walter.

How we doing?



I think we got

a problem here, Herb.



What's that?



I got a roomful

of people up there



who want to have a say

in this process,



and you've already

picked the team.



-Look, Walter.

-No, no.



There's a right way to do

this kind of thing,



and this is not it.



I know you got a job to do.



If I was in your shoes,

I'd be saying the same thing.



All right, then.



Let's go upstairs.



We'll help piece together

a hockey team.



All of us.




Walter, that's just

not gonna happen.



Do you realize

what the A.H.A. went through



to put this thing together?



The best amateur players in the

country on the ice for a week?




-Not just a day.



I didn't ask for that,

because I already know my team.



How do you know your team?



Those kids haven't been on the

ice for maybe a couple of hours.



Every one of those boys was

chosen for a specific reason.



I've studied film

on each one of those boys.



I've watched them,

and I've coached a lot of them.



The ones I haven't,

I've spoken with their coaches



and scouts in the area.



Now, I know best

what I need to compete.



And the team I've chosen is it.



What am I supposed to say

to the advisory board?



Tell them the truth.



This puts me

in a hell of a spot, Herb.



A hell of a spot!



Well, they hired me to do a job.

I'm trying to do it.



All right.



I'm gonna back you on this.



But I sure as hell hope

you know what you're doing.



Hey, Phillie, what are you on?



My test is done.






Me and Jannie are done.



Verchota, you're done?

I'm on page four.



''   .



You get stopped by a policeman,

but you're not at fault.



Do you state

your disagreement right away?''



He's got     of these things.



It's just a test, Silky.



You've taken one or two before.



Not to play hockey, I haven't.



Can you even read, Silky?



I try.



Hey, Rizzo!



-What's going on?




Easy, big guy.



I don't know how you can sit in

the same room with that clown.



Let it go. It's over.

Let it go.



What's going on here?



O.C.'s got a little

unfinished business over there.



Not for long I don't.



What did I tell you, man?






You're not still going on about

the '   playoffs, are you?



Come on, O.C., that was,

like, three years ago.



You know what, Coxie,

let me ask you a question.



Why did you want to

play college hockey?



Isn't it obvious?

For the girls.



I'm serious, Coxie.



Why did you want to

play college hockey?



'Cause I love to play hockey.



I want to go to the NHL

just like everybody does.



I wanted to win

a National Championship.



That pansy over there

cheap-shots me.



I get tossed out of the game.



He steals the ring

right off my finger?



How would you feel?



Everyone was throwing

cheap shots that night.



Rizzo, it's funny you say that.



I was just wondering

what side you're on.



I'm on your side.



You know,

it really seems that way.



All right, just relax, okay?




I'm not doing this right now.



I'm outta here.



Where you going?



To my room. Is that

all right with you, Mother?



Just let him go.



Well, no wonder the guy

gets so many penalty minutes.



He gets a little

carried away sometimes.



HERB: That's it.

Pick it up.



-That's it.

-Kick it out!



Look for the pass.

Come on, hit him with a pass.



-Go, Johnson!




All right, Johnson,

hit him on the other side.



-Get them up!

-Look for him!



Move and hit him, Johnson.

He's open.



-Center, center!

-Come on, Johnson!






That stuff may work here,



but it won't against

the teams we'll be playing.



Next line up.

Let's go. Let's run it again.






Let me take this one.



Don't worry about it.

Keep your head up.



This is

a breakout play, gentlemen.



So, please, let's get rid

of the puck early.



All right, let's go!



Hey, hey!




-Oh, my God.



-What's O.C. doing?

-That was cheap.



He didn't have the puck.



What are you hitting

like that for?



That's bush league, O.C.



Nice hit, O.C.



Tell your boy to keep his head

up, and he won't have to worry.



You all right, man?



Let's go!



Craig, let them go.



You got him?



-Hey, stay on him!

-Stay out of it, Buzzy!



Get him.

Come on, give it to him.



-What are you doing?

-Stay out of it, Baker!



Come on, give it to him!



All right, Mac.



Come on, Mac.

Take him down!



Come on, O.C.!

Let him have it!



-Put him on the ice!

-Come on, O.C.



There you go.

Beat him, O.C.




-Oh, man!






That's it.



Well, how about it, boys?



Look like hockey to you?



Looks like a couple of monkeys

trying to hump a football to me.



What do you think, Craig?






You want to settle old scores,

you're on the wrong team.



We move forward

starting right now.



We start becoming a team

right now!















That is what this team

is all about, gentlemen.



Not old rivalries.



Why don't we start

with some introductions?



You know, get to know

each other a little bit.



Where you're from, who you are.

Go ahead.



Rob McClanahan.



St. Paul, Minnesota.



Who you play for?



For you, here at the U.






Jack O'Callahan.



Charlestown, Mass.



Boston University.



Over here.



I'm Ralph Cox.



I'm from wherever's

not gonna get me hit.



Very good.



Everybody on the line.

Let's go.



Must of got lost



Must of got lost



-Hey, Jim.

-Hey, Coach.



Been wondering why

you wouldn't take this test.



Yeah. Well...



It's nothing against you

or anything.



I just don't see what it has to

do with stopping a puck.



Well, that's all right.

You just took it anyway.



Honey, I don't know



Hey, Coach.



So, if I took it...



You know, I meant to ask you.



How's your family doing?



Doing all right.



And you?



I'm okay.



You know, I got    guys

trying to make this team, Jim.



Only    are gonna go

to Lake Placid.



So I gotta know how committed

you are to being here.



Because if you're not,

you're just wasting our time.



Look, Coach.



My dad's going through

a rough time right now.



He's got nothing.



He lost his job, and with

Atlanta trying to sign me...



Bottom line is,

my mom wanted this.



Me playing on this team.



Hard to say no to someone who

drove you to practice every day.



You didn't answer

my question, Jim.



I'm here, aren't I?



I'll see you in the morning.



Don't forget to bring your game.



The Soviets

performed a nuclear test,



setting off a   -kiloton bomb

in eastern Kazakhstan.



So much hate and fear.



-What's that?

-The Soviets and the West.



They have nuclear weapons

pointed at each other.



It's bound to end in disaster.



Oh, come on. They'll figure

something out, Doc.



Don't got any other choice,




Well, yeah, hope so.



But it seems to me there are

some people who never get along.






Like hockey players

from Boston and Minnesota.



Our own private Cold War.



Hey, Doc, let me ask you

a question, all right?



You've worked with Herb

for a long time, right?



I've known Herb

for quite some time.



So tell me something.



Does he always treat

his players like this?



No. No, no.

This I have never seen.



But, Craig, believe me.



Herb has a reason

for everything he does.



Well, he's ending up with

   players who hate his guts.



Maybe if they hate him,



they won't have time

to hate each other.



Out on Thunder Island



Doo doo doo



Doo doo doo doo-doo



Hey, honey.



How much longer you gonna be?



I still got a few more.



Well, I'm going to bed, okay?







Oh, you know, Kelly has ballet

at  :   tomorrow



and Danny's done with hockey

camp at about the same time.



Which one do you want to get?







Can you pick up Danny at  :  ?



We got team meetings

after practice tomorrow.



I can't be in two places

at one time.



-What about Margie?

-They're on vacation.



Well, I don't know, honey.

You'll figure it out.



Can you turn that off, please?






Herb, this is what happens

over the summer.



The kids are off

doing a zillion things,



and once in a while,

your meetings have to wait.



Come on, Patti.

I'm coaching a hockey team here.



I mean, we already

talked about this.



Oh, really?



When exactly

did we have this talk?



Because I don't recall being

a part of the conversation.



What did I say?



Was it interesting?



We never had this talk.






Okay, what's on your mind?






No, you're obviously mad

about something.



First you're upset

because we didn't talk.



And then when I try to talk

about whatever it is,



you don't want to.




if you're not willing to...



It's not because we didn't talk.



It's because

you never even asked.



I know what this is about.



I know it, and you know it.



What? Know what?




What you're doing.



Chasing after something

you didn't get,



that you may never get.



What if it doesn't

work out, Herb?



Are we gonna do this

every four years?



It's okay.



Go finish your work.

Go, go.









You know...



Ever since I stopped playing,

I wanted to coach this team.



And this is the only way

I know how to do it.



It's not the easiest way,

I know, for you.



Or the kids.




Patti, I have to do this.



I know you do.



I'm sorry we didn't talk.



And I was wrong not to ask.



So I'm asking now if you

can be with me on this,



because it won't mean anything

if you're not.



Blue line, back.

Red line, back.



Far blue line, back.

Far red line, back.



And you have    seconds

to do it.



Get used to this drill.

We'll be doing it a lot.






Because the legs feed

the wolf, gentlemen.



I can't promise you

we'll be the best team



at Lake Placid next February.



But we will be

the best-conditioned.



That I can promise you.






Be prepared to grow

through pain, gentlemen.



You're gonna skate harder

than you've skated in your lives



every minute of every day

you're on the ice with me.



Stretch things out

north and south,



you open things up

east and west.



Center's gonna fill in here.



This far-side winger is gonna

come in, take the center spot.



-What's your name?

-Mark Johnson.



Where you from, Mark?



Madison, Wisconsin.



-Who you play for?

-University of Wisconsin.






Come on, go, boys.

Go, boys!



The fastest way to make

this team is by being fast!



No, no!




Look at you.



Three men being covered

by one guy.



This isn't weaving

for weaving's sake.



Spread out!

Use the ice!



-Right there.

-There? Okay.



Come on, Jimmy.



Challenge them!



You're getting beat

on the side here.



Challenge them.



Yeah, I don't blame you.



How you holding up?



-Oh, no.

-Not good, not good.



-How about you?

-Name's Christian.



-Who do you play for?

-University of North Dakota.



Pass it! Come on!




No, no, no!



Get him to a point!



You're quarterbacking this play!



Come on, Rizzo,

I got you running this play!



You're gonna run the bench.



Mac, get out here!



Boom, he can hit him.

Boom. Boom. Boom.



We're opening up options, see?



We've got four options

off one play, guys.



You guys got that?

Anybody have any questions?



Okay, let's go.



-What is he talking about?

-No clue.



   of you are going

to Lake Placid.



  are going home.



Who that is, believe it or not,

is up to you.



-How about you?

-Mark Pavelich.



-Who do you play for?

-U.M.D. Bulldogs.



Let's go!

Next line up!



All right, turn it up, boys.



Let's move it, Bah.



Get it up, get it up!



Eric, it's open!



Here you go, here you go!



They can't stop us yet.



Attaway, Buzzy.

Nice pass.



That was a good shot.



You three.



-Run that again.




-All right.

-Let's go.



Christ, we don't have a chance

in hell of winning.



So I understand how you feel.



Don't let them know that.






-All right.

-Thanks, Coach.



The Coneheads are coming in.






That's what the guys

have been calling them



'cause, well, they're

a little...



You know, like the Coneheads.



What's that?



Dan Akroyd, Jane Curtin.



I guess it's off your radar.



Come on in, boys.



Wanted to see us, Coach?



Yeah, I'm thinking about



keeping the three of you

together on the same line.



Everybody okay with that?



-Yeah. Sure.




How about you, Buzzy? You think

this works with Bah and Pav?



Yeah, it's going good.

Moving the puck well.



It's different

playing with them.



We just seem to always

find each other



at the other end of the ice

and make things happen.



Pass, shoot, score.



-Pass, shoot, and...




Well, all right.



We'll see how she goes.



-All right.

-Thanks, Coach.



Take it easy.



Rest up.



Well, looks like we're taking

a line of Coneheads to Europe.



Yeah, if they can keep

their legs under them.



All right, Herb,

I'll see you next week.



Something on your mind, Craig?



Or is that just

too far off my radar?



I don't think

you can push them this hard.



Not for six months.

It's too long.



-They're doing all right.

-Well, whole team's tired.



I know how hard

to push them, Craig.



You sure about that?



You know why I had them

take that test?



Make sure I could

push them this hard.



I'll see you Monday.



All right.



Oh, wow. Dynamite.



Look over here, Phillie.

Section two, about four rows up.



Two girls. Blond.



Man, they're gorgeous.



What row?



About the seventh row up.

To the right.



Lovely blond girls.



Maybe we can take a few home.



Must be something in the water.



Get a whistle.



Good game.



-Good game.

-Good game.



Hold up, there.

Hold up, hold up.



Gotta get back on the ice.

Let's go.



-What for?

-You'll find out soon enough.



Let's go.

Back on the ice.



What for?



We'll find out in a minute,

won't we?



Come on,

let's see what he wants.



Get a picture or something?



What's going on?



You guys don't want to

work during the game?



No problem.

We'll work now.



Goal line.



That one!






Think you can win

on talent alone?



Gentlemen, you don't have enough

talent to win on talent alone.






If you think you can come here



and play the Norwegian

National team and tie them



and then go to the Olympics

and win...



You got another thing coming.



You better think about

something else,



each and every one of you.



When you pull on that jersey,



you represent yourself

and your teammates.



And the name on the front is

a hell of a lot more important



than the one on the back!



Get that through your head!






Win, lose, or tie, you're

gonna play like champions!






Kick it in the ass, Verchota!



You want to go home early?



Keep it going, Suter.



All the way to the line

and all the way back.



It's not that difficult.


















The rink manager wants to clean

the ice and then go home.



Tell him to leave me the keys.

I'll lock up.









You keep playing this way,



you won't beat anybody who's

even good, let alone great.



You want to make this team,



then you better start playing

at a level



that's gonna force me

to keep you here.






Thank God.



Think we're getting out of here?






Where you going?



Back on the line.






Send them.









How about it, Silky? You gonna

be the first one to quit on me?



How about you, O.C.?

You ready to go down?



Oh, I think I got

my money on you, Verchota.



You got a hot date

in about an hour,



but you're not looking too good

for that right about now.



Send them.






Doc, I mean,

this is madness, right?



This cannot be a team

of common men



because common men go nowhere.



You have to be uncommon.









This has gone on long enough!



Everybody on that line.



Somebody's going to get hurt!






Everybody get on that line.















Come on, Craig.

Blow the whistle.






Mike Eruzione!



Winthrop, Massachusetts!



Who do you play for?



I play for

the United States of America.



That's all, gentlemen.



Come on, you Minnesotans!



My back's starting to hurt

from carrying you all.



Pretend you're pushing

some cows!



Why don't you stop talking,

Boston boy, and start pushing?



-What do you got there, Pav?

-Three  's.



Not bad, Pav.

Not bad.



I got two  's.



Well, we were taxiing out

to the runway, right,



and we, you know,

we kind of hit a moose.



No, the moose is fine.



But we gotta make sure

the airplane's all right,



so some of the boys

are pushing it back



so these guys can take

a look at it.



Patti, the moose is okay.

He ran off. I saw it.



So, what's going on at home?



Big matchup tonight in New York



between the NHL All-Stars

and the Soviet Union.



-Yeah, she did, huh?

-And this one was no contest,



as the Soviets dominated

the NHL's best



from start to finish,

winning by a score of  - .



The Soviets, led by the

superb play of their captain,



Boris Mikhailov,



were superior to the NHL stars

in every way tonight.



Their passing was crisper,

their offense was relentless,



and their conditioning, superb.



-No, I'm here. I'm listening.

-The Soviets coasting to a win



in New York tonight.



An embarrassing evening

for the NHL All-Stars.



Russian style of play, boys.







Forwards are

constantly circling.



They don't so much look for the

man as they do a patch of ice.



They get the mismatch,

two-on-one, easy goal.



Looks a lot like me

out there, huh, Buzz?



Boris Mikhailov.

Captain for the last six years.



He is the best player

at his position.



And that includes, as we've

just found out, the NHL.



Do these guys ever smile?



They're Russians.

They get shot if they smile.



Vladislav Tretiak.



You score on Tretiak,

keep the puck.



'Cause it doesn't happen often.



   games in the last   months.






Their main weapon

is intimidation.



They know they're gonna win,

and so do their opponents.



Look, I can give you all

a load of crap



about how you're a better team

than they are,



but that's exactly what it'd be.



Everyone in this room knows what

people say about our chances.



I know it.

You know it.



But I also know there is a way

to stay with this team.



You don't defend them.

You attack them.



You take their game



and you shove it

right back in their face.



The team that is finally

willing to do this



is the team that has a chance

to put them down.



NHL won't change their game.

We will.



Rest of the world

is afraid of them.



Boys, we won't be.



No one has ever worked

hard enough



to skate with the Soviet team

for an entire game.



Gentlemen, we are

gonna work hard enough.



Come on, quick feet, boys!

Quick feet! Work it!



Work hard now, boys!



Come on, Strobel,

pick up your knees!



Keep your shoulders square.



Push it!



Come on, boys.




The legs feed the wolf, boys.

The legs feed the wolf.



Go! Stay with him, Jimmy!

Stay with him!



Damn it!



How's your legs?



I'll let you know

when I can feel them.



Come on, boys.



Go get him, go get him!



Attaboy, Jimmy.






Not good, but better.



You gotta have

the mental intensity, boys.



Move, boys!



There you go, there you go!



That's it.

Work it, boys. Work it.



Quick feet!

Push it!



Hit the tape, boys.



Passes come from the heart.



Want to stretch things out

north and south.



We got the Coneheads

on the line.



Take me through it here.




I'm gonna stretch the ''D.''



Gonna open up some space.

What are we gonna do?



I fill the open lane.



I fill in for Pav's lane.



That's it, that's it!



Attaway, boys.



Come on.

Attaway, Jimmy!



Don't let them have it!



Attaboy! Yeah!



Come on, build your legs up,

boys. Build your legs.



You're not gonna have anything

left for the third period



if you don't

build your legs now.




What's that give us, boys?




-All right, let's run it.



-How's it going?

-What's going on?



We're playing the Soviets

three days before Lake Placid?



Yeah, how about that?



How about that?



How about that?



Ah, that won't work with Wells.



Oh, Rizzo, you're killing me.



Why can't you find the net?



You've been staring at the same

piece of paper since dinner.



Take a break.



How do I cut this kid?

He's done everything I've asked.



Well, so keep him.



I didn't think it was

gonna be this hard.



This is ''NBC Nightly News.''



Yeah, you did.



With Jessica Savitch,

and Dick Schaap with Sports.



This isn't gonna work.



I'd have to stick Christian

on defense.



The embassy in Tehran is in

the hands of Moslem students.



Wait. That works.



Spurred on

by an anti-American speech



-Or Baker.

-by the Ayatollah Khomeini,



they stormed the embassy,



fought the Marine guard

for three hours,



overpowered them, and took

dozens of American hostages.



-Oh, my God.

-Maybe that'll work.






We have two reports,

beginning with Steve Mallory.



United States Marine

Corps guards used tear gas



to try to disperse the mob

of Islamic students,



but that wasn't enough.



Hundreds of Iranians finally

overran the embassy compound,



seizing about    people,

mostly Americans.



The hostages, men and women,

were blindfolded



and herded into

the embassy's basement.



Earlier today, the

Ayatollah Khomeini publicly...



We gave those guys at Harvard

a good schooling.






How about Johnson

and McClanahan now?



Come on, that works.

Doesn't it?



They're starting to

come together.



Thanks for coming out.



I wouldn't have missed it.



-Hey, you beat Harvard.




Well, I should

probably get going.



Yeah. Yeah.



I love you, Pop.



You too, son.







You keep that glove up.



You got it.






Rizzo's making dinner, boys.



You know there's gonna

be meatballs.



You boys keep eating them,

I'll keep making them.



I think you guys

are insane to eat that stuff.



No offense, Rizzo.



I wonder how it's gonna affect

the chemistry of the boys.



I don't know.

We'll see.






Who the hell is that?



What's he doing here?



How you doing, Tim?

Good to see you.



Thanks, Coach.



Hey, Bah.




-Who's that guy?



Timmy Harrer.

Plays for the Gophers.



Having a big year.



-What the hell's he doing here?

-No idea.



Why is he here?



Hey, you guys know

he was coming?



So, listen, why don't you

warm up, stretch out,



jump on Johnson's line

for the day, okay?



Good to have you here.



-See you, boys.

-See you.



This is ridiculous.



Don't worry about it, Rammer.

It'll be all right.



Right, O.C.?



Herb's not gonna do

a damn thing, boys.



He's just messing

with our minds.



Oh, you think so, Jack?



Yeah, I do.



Well, we all know Herb made

the Olympic team back in '  .






So, a week before the games,



Coach Riley calls him into

his office and sends him home.



What's your point?



My point, Jack,

is that one week later,



Herb's on his couch

with his old man,



watching his team win

the gold medal.



Come that close and get nothing?



He'll do whatever it takes.



That's my point.



Yeah, I'm aware of that, Walter.






Yeah, well, you've talked to

everybody else then, all right.



Nothing else we can do, then.

Thank you, Walter.



Is everything okay?



Walter says that there's talk

Carter may boycott



the Moscow games next summer.



So if we don't go there,

they might not come here, right?






Don't do this to yourself, Herb.



There are things you can control

and things you can't.



No milk.






Yeah, I heard you, honey.



You'll still have everything

you won here.



Don't tell me

what I'll have, Patti.



You don't know this enough

to tell me that.



You know, I understand

you being upset with me



when I say you work too hard

teaching a simple game.



But don't ever criticize me

for caring about you.






HERB: That's it.

Come on, boys, push it.



Here we go! Push it!

Go now! Move!



Damn it!



Come on, Rizzo.



I know, Coach.



-I know.

-You know?



If you knew,

then why did you do it again?



You start putting

the puck in the net,



or you're not going anywhere.



And don't think I won't do it.



Johnson, line up!

Let's go!



Come on!

Shoot it!



Up and around!

Keep it moving!






Center, center, center!



-Now move it up!

-Go, Mike, go!



Drop it back.



Go to the net, Timmy!

Go to the net!



Go, go, go!









Nice play, boys.

Nice play.



Goal scored

by number     Tim Harrer.



Change them up, boys.

Let's go.



Come on, boys.



Let's go, boys!






You keep driving the net.

That's all I care about, okay?



That puck goes across the

blue line, you drive to the net.






All right.






Some of the boys

want to have a word.



What about?



I think you ought to

hear them out.



This had better take

about two minutes.



This is crazy, Herb.

Bringing him in this late.



Hey, we got parents buying

tickets, getting rooms.



What are we

supposed to tell them?



And with one of us

going home as it is?



I don't have to ask where

you stand on this, huh, Rizzo?



This wasn't Rizzo's idea.



You want me to say

I'm scared of getting cut?



I'm scared of getting cut.

Everybody is.



We just want it to be fair.



Don't even try telling me that.

He was in Colorado.



That was   months ago.



You don't think he's been

playing for the last   months?



-Not with us, he hasn't.




-So there's a difference.

-Like hell there is!



All I know is that kid

can flat-out play.



We can't?



He moves the puck, he's got

great vision on the ice.



That's not the point!



I'll tell you

something else he's got.



He's got the attitude I want

on and off the ice,



so somebody better explain to me



why I shouldn't be

giving him a look.



Because we're a family.






We're a family.



A family?









And this is the family you want

to go to Lake Placid with?






-Yeah, without a doubt.




Wouldn't have it any other way.



Timmy Harrer can help us, boys.



And I'm gonna send him home.



We got one more

to get down to   .



You understand.






Looks like you got

yourself a team.






-Let's talk about it.

-The rules.



Well, your girl left these

at my place.



With some milk and cookies.



Give her a hug for me.



You guys are unbelievable.



Real funny, guys.



Hey, boys.



We still got

two more presents to open up.






Pardon me, Coach.






Coach Patrick, from the boys.






Here we go.



I thought you forgot.



''To Craig.''



That's beautiful, boys.



-You're gonna like this one.




That's very good.



That's very good.










All right.

That's enough of that.



lt's going back in the box.



And, Herb.



Merry Christmas from the boys.



Drumroll, please.






Ah, yes.



The gift that keeps on giving.






















Well, this may come as a shock

to some of you guys,



but I'm not really very good

at giving sentimental speeches.




-You're kidding?



Come on.



I don't think

I should start tonight.



Hey, thanks

for having me over, Velta.



Good night, Herb.



-Doc, Merry Christmas.

-Merry Christmas, Herb.



You guys have a great holiday.




Merry Christmas, Coach.



Merry Christmas, Coach.



Play some football!



WOMAN : By many

as the most important speech



of President Carter's term.



A look back now as     WCCO's

year-end special continues.



The erosion

of our confidence in the future



is threatening to destroy



the social and the political

fabric of America.



The confidence that we have

always had as a people



is not simply

some romantic dream



or a proverb in a dusty book



that we read

just on the Fourth of July.



It is the idea

which founded our nation



and has guided

our development as a people.



Confidence in the future

has supported everything else.



We've always believed in

something called ''progress.''



We've always had a faith

that the days of our children



will be better than our own.



Our people are losing

that faith.



For the first time

in the history of our country,



a majority of our people believe

that the next five years



will be worse than

the past five years.



We were taught that our armies

were always invincible,



and our causes were always just,



only to suffer

the agony of Vietnam.



We respected the presidency

as a place of honor



until the shock of Watergate.



We've got to stop crying

and start sweating.



Stop talking and start walking.



Working together

with our common faith.



We cannot fail.




-Hard workout.



Silk, you guys want to

grab something to eat?



Yeah, I'm starving.

Where you guys gonna go?



Maybe that Mario's place.






Hey, Coach.






Herb wants to see you.






Come in.



Coach Patrick

said you wanted to see me.



Why don't you have

a seat there, Ralph?



Well, there's just

no easy way of doing this.



The rules say that we gotta

be down to    men,



and right now we're at    .



I wish like hell

I could keep you, Ralph.



I do.






Yeah, I know.



You're a hell of

a hockey player.



This doesn't change that.









Thanks for giving me

a shot, Coach.



Thanks for giving me

your very best.




-Herb, Walter.



Well, you've got your wish.



Brezhnev's telling Carter

to screw himself.



Yeah, Walter, how's that?



The Kremlin just released

a statement today



saying they're gonna prove

how good they are



by beating us over here

on our own ice.



They're all gonna play.



The Soviets, the Czechs,

the whole bunch of them.



Have you got your roster

finalized yet?



Yeah, I got my team.



Well, I still don't know

why you scheduled this, Herb,



but get your guys to New York.



They've got a game to play.



Oh, say does that

star-spangled banner yet wave



O'er the land of the free



And the home of the brave?



Ladies and gentlemen,

your      U.S. Olympic Team.



And so, as we await

the opening face-off



in this game between

the Soviet Union and Team USA



at Madison Square Garden,



the teams line up

on their respective blue lines.



And Soviet Union team captain

Boris Mikhailov



skating over to his bench



to pick up

that NHL Challenge trophy.



The trophy that his team won



here at Madison Square Garden

last October,



and won in decisive fashion,

beating the NHL All-Stars.



Getting a mixed reaction from

the capacity audience here.



Some cheers, but a few boos

going through the crowd as well.



And now the two teams

clear the ice



and repair

to their respective goals



as we get set

for the opening face-off



in this final tune-up

for these two teams



before the Olympic Games

in Lake Placid.













MAN : And as we get set to drop

the puck for this contest,



the Soviets starting

their big line



of Mikhailov between

Kharlamov and Petrov.



Team USA countering

with Mark Johnson at center



between McClanahan

and Dave Silk.



And we're ready to go

with this warm-up contest.



Want to go hard, boys?







It's the Soviet Union

in control,



making a charge

into the Team USA zone.




Move it out!



And in behind the Team USA net.



Puck bounced back

to the blue line.



Moving in with a shot,



stopped by Jimmy Craig,

and it goes into the corner.



Finally Team USA

gets its stick on the puck



as Ramsey brings it up

to the blue line.



He's absolutely flattened there

by Kasatonov.







Team Soviet Union turning it

into a two-on-one.



Back door, O.C., look out!



Get the puck!



Moving in to the boards,

shoots and scores.



Come on!



Hey, break it up!

Break it up!



That's it.

Let's go.



That's a nice expression

on your face.



Let's get it back, boys.



Get it back!



Jack, you gotta listen to me!



You gotta listen to me!



The Soviets breaking out

of their own zone now,



up the ice to center.



Krutov goes in

over the U. S. blue line.



Shoots and scores.



He's in front and scores.



Shoots. He scores.



He shoots. 

He scores!



The Soviet Union

drubbing Team USA   - .



There's always things

you can work on.



This club's

no exception to that.



You know, I think

we're gonna be all right.



This Soviet team has been

together for    years.



We got college kids still

getting to know each other.



They could have

won this thing   - .



Herb, Herb! 

Herb Brooks!




How is he?



Well, I'm not sure

if he needs surgery yet.



I'm hoping it's just a ligament

pull, but it could be a tear.



Look, Herb, we got

three days until Sweden.



You give him a roster spot,

it's a waste of money.



Give me a ''best case. ''



He'll miss three

or four games minimum.



That's the whole

qualifying round.



Kid's made the team,

he's busted his ass for me,



and now I gotta send

him home, that the deal?



What'd Doc say?



Oh, he doesn't know yet, O. C.



He's gonna go

with you to the hospital



and get a picture

of your knee taken.



Then we'll see.



Thinking about

sitting you down, Jim.



-What are you talking about? 

-Nah, it's not your fault.



I played you way too much,

and you're too tired.



Oh, I think it's time

I gave Jannie a look.



-He's been waiting. 

-You're kidding me.




-Yeah, of course I mean now.



-That's my net, man. 

-They just scored    goals.



Right now it's everybody's net.



Whoa, wait a second.



I've given you

everything I've got.



Have you? 

Given me your very best?



'Cause I know

there's a lot more in you.



A whole other level that

you just don't want to go to.



Oh, what the hell. 

You don't even understand.



Oh, no, I'll tell you

what I don't understand, Herb.



I don't understand you.



Nobody on this team

understands you



and your ridiculous sayings

and your drills



and those stupid psychology

tests you had everybody take.







So that's what this is about?



Because I didn't take your test?




I'll take your test.



Is that what you want?






I want to see that kid in the

net who wouldn't take the test.



You gotta be kidding me. 

What did he do?



Well, he did something amazing.



He started to laugh.



And then everybody in the whole

audience started to laugh.



It sounds funny,

but I was so proud of him.



I was starting to think

that our son takes after you.



Well, that's

all part of my plan.



My, you're a very smart woman.



I miss you.



Oh, the Games are only

a couple of days away now.



You got your airplane tickets?



Oh, yeah. 

Walter had them sent over.






-I guess I'll see you then. 

-You sound tired.



You should try

and get some sleep.



Yeah, well...



All right.



-I'll talk to you. 

-Hey, Patti.






I miss you, too.



Good night.



Good night.



Okay, I'll check on O. C. 

Take care of these guys here.



Come on, guys. 

Stick with me.






This is your room key.



And this is your I. D. badge



that you'll need

for just about everything.



Don't lose it.







Herb, it'll be fine.



I can fight through it.



Okay, why don't you join

the boys over there, O. C. ?



It's good to see you, kid.







-It's not a tear.



It's a stretched ligament,

so he won't need surgery.



But there is no way he can play

before the medal round.



Forget about the medal round.



You keep O'Callahan,

and you lose one more skater,



you're gonna have a tough time



putting a decent hockey team

on the ice.



It's that simple, Herb.



I asked Herb. 

He's keeping me in the dark.



Oh, boy.



So if he gets shaky, it's you.



Stay loose, Jannie.



All right.



You're in there tomorrow, Jimmy. 

Let's bring it up, now.




Thanks a lot, man.



Attaboy, Jimmy. 

Go get them.



I'll see you on the bus.



All right.



Doc said no, right?



He said you might

be able to go in a week.



Maybe two.



What if it's two?



That puts me in a tight spot,

doesn't it?



Jack, I got    guys

to think about here,



and they're all looking at me

to do what's best.



I understand, Coach.



Which is why

I'm hanging on to you.



I swear to God, Herb, if you're

not being serious right now.



I'm only saying this

if you promise



you won't even think

about asking me to play.



I won't.



I mean, I will,

I promise you, Coach.



'Cause if you do, Jack, I'll

stick your ass on an airplane



and you're headed

back to Boston.



All right,

Doc's waiting for you.



Thank you, Herb.






O. C. is playing, baby!



Boys, move your feet!



Ramsey with the puck,

passes to Eruzione.



Eruzione carrying the puck

up the boards.



Drops the pass for Broten.



He shoots. 

Kicked away by Lindbergh.



Boys, hit that one-timer now. 

Come on!



Al Michaels with Ken Dryden.



With  :     to go

in the first period,



it's Sweden leading

the United States  - .



Ahlberg to Eriksson.



And a big hit by Dave Christian.



Eriksson picks up

the loose puck,



passes to Lundqvist,

Lundqvist to Ahlberg.



Mike, where is it?



-Up. This way. 

-Okay. Okay.



-Yeah, yeah, that. 

-That's it.



Ahlberg shoots. 

Save by Craig.



Eruzione fighting for it.



Mike Eruzione

recently named team captain



by coach Herb Brooks

for his firm footing,



his leadership qualities

on and off the ice.



Hey, I'm taking him out.



The U. S. team is playing

tentative hockey tonight, Al.



Tough draw having to

face Sweden,



third-best team in the world.



-You know what I mean? 

-No, I got you.



Look, I think it's worth a try.






What's the deal with Mac?



Upper-leg contusion.



I think he's done for the night.



-What if he plays? 

-I don't understand, Herb.



If he plays on it,

can he hurt it any worse?



Well, no, but it will be

very painful for him,



and he won't be able to

do very much.



This is unbelievable!



You guys are playing

like this is some throwaway game



up in Rochester.



-Who we playing, Rammer? 




Yeah, you're damn right! 




In the Olympics!



What the hell's wrong with you? 

Put your gear on.



I said, ''Put your gear on. ''



-Doc told me I can't play. 

-Yeah, I know.



You got a bad bruise.



You know what? 

Put your street clothes on.



'Cause I got no time

for quitters.



Come on, Herb. 

Nobody's quitting here.



You worry about your own game. 

Plenty there to keep you busy.



A bruise on the leg



is a hell of a long way

from the heart, you candy-ass.



-What'd you call me? 

-You heard me.



You want me to play? 

Is that what you want?



I want you to be

a hockey player!



I am a hockey player!



You want me to play

on one leg, huh?



I'll play on one leg!



-That'll get them going. 

-Oh, yeah.



-Will that make you happy? 

-I'll clean up.



I am a hockey player!



 :   remaining in the game.



Sweden leading  - .



The U. S. team has fought hard,



but they've still got

nothing to show for it.



This is a crucial game.



If they don't beat

or tie the Swedes,



it'll be very difficult to

advance to the medal round.



McClanahan after the loose puck.



He's hit hard by Soderstrom.



-Go, go, go, Mac! 

-Come on, Mac!



McClanahan gutting it out

despite being injured.







Silk to Johnson. 

Back to Silk.



-Through the neutral zone. 

-Attaboy, Mac!



Dumped into the Swedish zone



and stopped behind the net

by Lindbergh.



Johnson fighting Eriksson

for it now.



It goes out to Waltin.



Ooh, he's hit hard

by McClanahan.



-All right, Mac! 

-Baker, you're up next.




-Take the right side.



The Swedes regain control. 

 :   remaining in the game.



Coneheads, you're up next.



Mats Waltin moving it out

to Jan Eriksson.



Jan Eriksson

out to Hakan Eriksson.



-Across the U. S. blue line. 

-Take it back, boys!



Into the corner.



Stay with him, Ramsey.



-Watch the slot! 

-Passes across to Ahlberg.



Wrist shot. Knocked out

of the air by Craig.



Puck picked up by Suter,

moved ahead to Johnson.



Switch them up! 

Go, go!



Johnson gets rid of it

and heads to the bench



with just over a minute

and a half left to play.



Precious seconds ticking away

for this U. S. team.



What are you doing

with Baker out there?



 :   Herb.



Herb Brooks has molded

this unit.



Seven months of training.



Points to the net, just

a little over a minute left



to avoid a very damaging loss.



Ahlberg up the wing

to Hakan Eriksson in the slot.



Stopped by Craig. 

Rebound picked up by Schneider.



Schneider flying up the wing,

over the blue line,



and into the corner.



Jimmy, come on now!



And Brooks is pulling goalie

Jim Craig for an extra skater.



Go, go, go!



   seconds left to play.



Sweden leading

the U. S. team  - .



Across to Silk. 

He moves in.



His backhander is

stopped by Lindbergh.



   seconds remaining.



Let's go, Baker!



Schneider to Ramsey,

across to Baker.



He wraps it around the boards.



Baker fighting for the puck

with Naslund.



Back to Ramsey at the point.



To Johnson in front. 

Broken up by Holmgren.



Kept in by Baker

and fired behind the net.



Get a shot, get a shot!



Loose puck. Schneider

and Waltin fighting for it.



Schneider holds him off.



Kicks it loose.



Pavelich has it.



He makes a move

around Hakan Eriksson.



Hits across to Baker.



He scores!



The United States has tied it.



Bill Baker scores in

the final minute of the game!



And the U. S. team

is still very much alive



in the opening round.



It was a hell of a move. 

I didn't see him out there.



I'm Jim McKay,



and we're back again live

in Lake Placid, New York.



What an amazing start for these

  th Olympic Winter Games.



After a remarkable

last-minute tie



against Sweden two nights ago,



the U. S. hockey team,

huge underdogs,



pulled off a tremendous upset

last night,



defeating Czechoslovakia,



considered the second-best team

behind the Soviet Union.



The final score,  - .



''Why so many reporters? ''

Are you serious?



Well, we won two games. 

We got a ways to go here.



Think of what

they've had to write about.



Hostages, Afghanistan.



Transportation chaos.



Patti probably has

talked to you about that.



Listen, Herb, the bottom line

is that your young guys



just kicked the crap

out of Czechoslovakia,



and this is something that

this country is ready for.



Now, you want to see reporters?



Win a couple of more games.



They are just kids, Walter,



so let's not turn this

into something more, okay?



I'm not sure we got

any control over it.






Somebody's gonna beat

those guys.



Buzz Schneider

flying up the right wing.



Takes a long pass from Ramsey.



Now he's all alone

on the breakaway.



He shoots! 

He scores!



Buzz Schneider on a breakaway



puts the U. S. up

 -  in the third period.



Coach Brooks!










Herb, now that Norway

is behind you,



what do you look for

out of Romania?



It should be a tough test.



We're sure not

gonna overlook them.










All right, Jimmy Craig's

been great between the pipes.



Is there any chance

we could talk to him?



Well, as I said the other night,

Mike, you know,



this isn't an individual

effort going on here.



It's about a team.



We're a team on the ice,

and we're gonna be one off it.



Palavka breaking up

the left side,



chased by Christian.



Behind the U. S. net.



Drops the pass. 

Slams it.




Glove save by Jim Craig.



The U. S. up  - 

here late in the third.



Well, making it

to the medal round



was always our goal

from day one,



so we feel real good about

what we've accomplished so far.






Still no chance we can talk

with any of your players?



-Still no chance. 




How do you respond to those

who feel you're doing this



to keep the spotlight

on yourself?




Esom across to Krutzman.



Ooh! He's hit hard

into the boards by Strobel.



Huge hit.



Ramsey has it,

moves it up to Verchota.



Verchota across the blue line.



Lines up.



He scores!



Verchota puts it past Sutner

to put the U. S. up  - 



with   :   remaining to play

here in the third period.



And we'll be staying

with this one right to the end.



The pairings for

the medal round are as follows.



The United States

will play the Soviet Union



in the first game tomorrow.



Sweden and Finland

in the second game.



The face-off for the U. S. -Soviet

game is        hours.



Now, if you have any questions,



we have the U. S. 

assistant coach, Craig Patrick.




-Coach Patrick.




-Coach Patrick.



Right here.



Where's Herb Brooks? 

How come he's not here today?



Herb is out preparing

for tomorrow's game.












Hi, Daddy.



There we go.



There was no whipped cream.



That's all right.







I got a telegram

from a lady in Texas today.



You know what it said?



''Beat those Commie bastards. ''






We're playing against

the greatest team in the world,



maybe the best

that's ever played this game.



Why can't we just

leave it at that?



Because this is more than a

hockey game to a lot of people.



Yeah, I keep running

through them all.



Johnson on Mikhailov. 

Broten on Petrov.



Pav against whoever-ov.



We just...



We don't match up, Patti.



You might want to skip that when

you talk to the boys tomorrow.









There's no disgrace

in losing to this team.



I know.



The important thing is

you got this far.



The important thing is those

   boys knowing in    years,



they didn't leave anything

on the table.



That they played

their hearts out.



That's the important thing.



Hey, Craig.




Great, great job.




-Thanks. Sure is.



-Sure is. 

-Hey, Craig.



Any chance we can

wish the boys luck?



Oh, I'm sorry, Bob. 

You know Herb.



Not a good time right now.



After the game, all right? 

All right?



-Hey, Craig, whoa, hold up. 

-I can't.



Herb doesn't want

any distractions.



It's understandable.



We just wanted

to wish them luck.



Okay, that's...



You ready to go?



You serious? 

Am I playing?



Suit up.



Great moments

are born from great opportunity.



And that's what you have here

tonight, boys.



That's what you've earned

here tonight.



One game.



If we played them ten times,

they might win nine.



But not this game.



Not tonight.



Tonight we skate with them.



Tonight we stay with them.



And we shut them down

because we can.



Tonight we are the greatest

hockey team in the world.



You were born to be

hockey players.



Every one of you.



And you were meant

to be here tonight.



This is your time.



Their time is done.



It's over.



I'm sick and tired of hearing



about what a great hockey team

the Soviets have.



Screw them.



This is your time.



Now, go out there and take it.



Hold up here a second, guys.



We're just gonna wait

for the okay.




We're all set.



All right. 

Go ahead and send them in.



-It's time. 

-Let's go.



Come on, Jimmy, Buzzy. 

Let's hustle.



Here we go. 

Come on, Bakes.



Come on, Brots, Dave. 

Let's go, Strobel.







-Let's go.



The excitement,

the tension building.



The Olympic Center

filling to capacity.



The face value of a top ticket

for tonight's game, $  .   .



Outside they were

exchanging hands



at three times the face value.







Hello again, everybody.



I'm Al Michaels

along with Ken Dryden.



It should be a great night.



I'm sure there are

a lot of people



who do not know the difference



between a blue line

and a clothesline.



It's irrelevant. 

It doesn't matter.



Because what we have at hand,

the rarest of sporting events.



An event that needs no buildup,

no superfluous adjectives.



In a political

or nationalistic sense,



this game is being viewed

with varying perspectives.



But manifestly

it is a hockey game.



The United States

and the Soviet Union



on a sheet of ice

in Lake Placid, New York.



Ken, some of your thoughts

before the game.



Well, for the U. S. team,

it's really discovery time.



It's one thing

to be young and promising.



And it's quite another

to be good.



And in the next    /  hours,

the U. S. players will go through



perhaps the most difficult

and demanding



yet exhilarating time

of their lives.



They will be playing against

the best team in the world,



a team that's far better

than they are,



a team that's dominated

world hockey



for the last    years.



In the crowd, Jim Craig's

father, Donald Craig.



It's been a difficult time

for the Craig family



with the passing of Jimmy's mom.



One of her dreams was to have

her son play on this team.



So this has to be an emotional

night for the two of them.



They don't look too nervous

down there.



The U. S. team very young. 

Average age,    years old.



The Soviets much more seasoned.



Some of them have been playing

together for the last    years.



Let's go, here, boys.



And this game is about to

get underway.



All right. 

On three, boys.



One, two, three!







Jim Craig in goal

for the United States.



Vladislav Tretiak, considered

the best goalie in the world,



in the nets

for the Soviet Union.



The U. S. team in white,

skating up to center ice.



The Soviet Union in red,

all business.



And here we go.



Face-off is won by Mikhailov.



Back to Kasatonov.



Move on him! 

Move on him!



Carried up ice by Kasatonov. 

The pass is to Petrov.



Puck picked up by Morrow.



Pressured by Mikhailov.



The pass in front

of the U. S. net.



-And a shot deflected by Craig. 

-Watch the middle!



Come on, Jimmy. 

Keep it out of the middle, boys!



Jim Craig tested

for the first time.



Dave Silk with the puck

along the boards.



Taken away by Kasatonov.



Up ahead to Petrov.



Petrov streaking up the boards.



Powering past Ramsey. 

A centering pass to Kharlamov.



He shoots. 

Saved by Jim Craig!



Puck cleared

out of the U. S. zone.



Big hit on McClanahan



by the Soviet captain,

Boris Mikhailov.



Krutov with a hard shot

from the high slot.



Craig with the save!



Golikov across to Petrov.



Again Craig is equal

to the task.



Come on, boys. 

Use those boards!



Screen! Screen! Screen!



Pass is across to Kharlamov. 

Shot. Stopped!



-Petrov tries to lead now. 

-Watch point!



To Makarov at the point. 

He fires it along the boards.



Picked up behind the net

by Buzz Schneider.



-Come on! 

-That's a slash!



Schneider losing it.



Out to the point. 

Slap shot!



Deflected in!



That was a slash!



The Soviet Union takes

a  -  lead.



Kasatonov's slap shot

was deflected in past Craig.



So the Soviet Union leads,  - 

early in the first period.



Forget about it now.



Come on. Let's go. 

Let's go.



Mikhailov and Christoff

facing off at center ice.



Here we go, boys. 

Move it!



-Kharlamov to Mikhailov. 

-Pick it up!



Mikhailov up the boards

and into the corner.



To Kharlamov for a quick shot.



Big save by Jim Craig.



Makarov with the puck now. 

Craig gets his stick on it.



Hey, Jimmy!



The U. S. in possession now. 

Ramsey moving it up to Johnson.



Johnson is hung up

by Bilyaletdinov,



who feeds it around the boards,

where it's picked up by Krutov.



Golikov crossing the blue line.



He's hit hard by Ken Morrow!



The puck is picked up

by Eruzione.



And he's sent hard

into the boards by Krutov.



Johnson with it now. 

Flying up the boards.



You got time. 

You got time.



-O. C. , go! 

-Avoids the hit from Golikov.



O. C. , get in there!



The Soviets control it.






Let's see the ''D''!



Krutov with the puck now.



A big hit by Jack O'Callahan.



Pavelich up ahead to Schneider.



Slap shot.









That's the type of goal



you don't expect someone

like Tretiak to give up.



The United States ties

the game at one.



Jack O'Callahan returning



after a serious knee injury

at Madison Square Garden,



making a big contribution

with that hit on Krutov.



Number    Pavelich.



Time,   :  .



Petrov to Kharlamov.



Skating into the U. S. zone. 

Tying up O'Callahan.




Cross-ice pass to Petrov.



He shoots. 

And Craig is right there!



Picked up by O'Callahan. 

Moves up to Pavelich.



Through the middle. 

Crossing the Soviet blue line.



Centering pass. 

Cleared by Fetisov.



Talk to each other out there.



Play your position!



Krutov with the puck. 

Through the neutral zone.



Knifes through the defense. 

Right in front.



Picked up by Mark Johnson.



Nice move to get around




as he moves up the ice.



Another great move around

Makarov, charging for the net.



Hit by Golikov

and sent flying into the boards.



The Soviets now working

out of their own zone.



Come on, now. 

Pick him up.



Don't let him

through the middle.



Golikov crossing center ice. 

Leaves it for Makarov.



Makarov around Morrow.



And he scores.






Makarov put the puck

right between Morrow's legs,



skated in, and scored.



That was a textbook

Soviet passing play.



Beautifully done.



Once this team gets rolling,



it's almost impossible

to stop them.



   gets the goal. 

Give    the assist, boys.



And with

the Soviets leading,  -  Ken,



the U. S. teams knows that

all too well



after what happened

with these two teams



at Madison Square Garden

    days ago.






Now tonight's referee,

Carl Keisler,



calling the players over

for the face-off.



And you can hear the crowd

trying to reinvigorate



this U. S. team.



Face-off won by the Soviets.



Fetisov across to Kasatonov.



He circles behind his own net. 

Leaves it for Fetisov.



Get the pressure on them

in there! Come on!



-Pick him up! 

-Watch the pass!



To Maltsev. 

Over to Makarov.



Shot stopped by Craig.



Don't let them have

that middle so easy.



Less than a half minute

remaining in the first period.



And the U. S. can't clear it. 

Petrov with the puck.



Quick pass to Kharlamov. 

Stopped by Craig!



Petrov tries for the rebound.



Craig knocks it away.



Kasatonov with a shot.



-Craig with another save! 

-Keep going hard!



Play it out!



And the U. S. team

finally clears it.



It looks like the U. S. 

will be able to end the period



only a goal down,

a tremendous achievement.



Johnson, go!



The puck is picked up



by Christian

in the neutral zone.



Long shot. 

Easy save by Tretiak.



But Johnson is there.



And scores!



With one second to play

in the period!



Right now the clock

shows nothing.



It was stopped at one



when we looked up

and the goal was scored.



Right now it shows nothing



as the period, apparently,

has come to an end.



But the United States

has tied the game.



A big, big goal

for the U. S. team.



Dave Christian took a shot from

the other side of center ice,



knowing there was

almost no time on the clock.



But the rebound comes right out

to Mark Johnson,



who goes wide of Tretiak

to tie it up.



Tikhonov very upset. 

Questioning the goal.



The time on the clock

shows zero.



Keisler, the referee,

indicating that the goal stands



and the period is over.



And this crowd is electrified.







Tikhonov, like his team,



not normally prone

to showing much emotion.



As the teams skate off to their

respective dressing rooms,



this game is tied at   on

an incredible last-second goal



by Mark Johnson.



Coke adds life




Thanks, Mean Joe.






And we're back for

the start of the second period



for what is turning out to be

a very exciting game.



If you're just joining us,



there were four goals scored

in the first period.



Two by the Soviets. 

Two by the Americans.



There'll be a change

for the Soviet Union,



as Vladimir Myshkin becomes

the new goalie



after Tretiak had given up

two goals in the first period.



Al, this is a big move.



Tretiak's been Tikhonov's

bread and butter for a decade.



Still, Myshkin is

a very capable backup.



Well, boys, you just put

the best goaltender in the world



on the bench.



It is very uncommon to

see Vladislav Tretiak taken out



and something we have not seen

in these Olympics.



Let's go, now, boys. 

Come on!



And here we go. 

The second period is underway.



The Conehead line

out for the United States.



Jim Craig in goal.



Krutov with the puck. 

Down the right side.



Centering pass. 




Swatted away by Craig.



Attaboy, Jimmy!



Harrington breaks out. 

He gets behind the defense!



-He has a breakaway! 

-Come on. Block!



He can give the U. S. the lead.



He shoots. 

Stopped by Myshkin.



Fetisov up to Maltsev.



Maltsev gets past Christian. 




The rebound!



Maltsev scores!



And the Soviets take the lead,

 - .



Jim Craig knocked down

on the play by Kharlamov,



allowing Maltsev an easy goal

on an open net.



And Jim Craig's

not getting up, Ken.



This could be

devastating to the U. S. , Al.



Jim Craig's been the anchor

of this team,



playing every minute of

every game here in Lake Placid.



Herb Brooks may now

be faced with replacing Craig



with his backup goalie,

Steve Janaszak.



Janaszak played on Brooks'

championship team



last year at the University

of Minnesota.



But he's played very little

over the last six months



and not at all

during these Olympics.



Jimmy, you need Doc?



No. I'm good. 

Just give me a second.



Take your time. 

Take your time.



Jim Craig back on his feet now.



Shaking it off, and it appears

he'll remain in this game.



Attaboy, Jimmy!



Getting a huge hand from

this very appreciative crowd.



Come on, boys. 

Let's get them, now!



The Soviet Union,  

the United States,  .



We're back for the start

of the third period.



   minutes left in a game



that's closer

than most anyone anticipated.



The teams were tied,  - 

after the first.



And the Soviets are now

leading,  - .



Al Michaels here

at the Olympic Center



with former Montreal Canadiens

goalie Ken Dryden.



The American team comes into

this medal round unbeaten.



The Soviets are also unbeaten,

winning all five of their games,



scoring    goals in the process.



The U. S. , four wins

and a tie against Sweden



and a huge upset win over

Czechoslovakia eight days ago.



Herb Brooks' young team

is trying to overcome



enormous odds to beat the

best team in the world tonight.







Come here!



Bring it in.



Listen to them.






That's what you've done.



We've come from behind

in every game



in this tournament so far,

and we can do it again.



We can beat these guys!



Come on, Herb. 

Get your guys to the face-off.



Everybody in.



-Let's go. 

-Come on, boys.



Let's do this.



Who do you play for?






Come on, boys!



As the third period

begins, the crowd is chanting.



Everyone on their feet.



The Americans are winless

against the Soviets since      .



And since that day

at Squaw Valley,



it's been    years since a U. S. 

team has defeated the Soviets.



The Soviets, of course,

have been gold-medal winners



in every Olympic Games

since      .



The top Soviet line

is out there right now.



Mikhailov at center.



He's flanked by Petrov

and Kharlamov.



On defense,

Kasatonov and Fetisov.



And in net, Vladimir Myshkin...



Face-off won by Johnson.



Ramsey with the puck.



Up to Johnson.




Wrist shot.



-Pick him up! 

-Stopped by Myshkin.



Puck is picked up by Kasatonov. 

To Mikhailov.



Over to Kharlamov, who carries

it into the U. S. zone.




Stick save by Jim Craig.



Picked up in the corner

by Krutov.



Centering pass. Shot. 

Saved by Craig.



Back to the point man

for Kasatonov.



Slap shot. 




-And again. 

-Thataboy, Jimmy!



We're on, baby! 

We're on!



Christian with the puck now.



And he goes down!



And we've got a penalty

coming up on the Soviets.



Petrov going off for slashing.



Coneheads! Let's go! 




This is

a big opportunity for the U. S.



They haven't been able to go

on the offense



for quite some time now,

and this is the chance.



Soviet Union

penalty to number   .



Come on, boys. Let's take

advantage of this now!



O'Callahan moving it up.



Slips by Kharlamov.



Set it up, boys! 

Set it up!



A long pass from Harrington.



Harrington inside

the Soviet blue line.



Back to O'Callahan.



Back to Harrington now.



To Ramsey at the point. 

Over to Schneider.




Stopped by Myshkin!



Bilyaletdinov clears the zone.



Keep it going, now, boys. 

Keep up the intensity!



-Silk! Silk! 

-Across to McClanahan.



Back across to Silk.



Shot deflected by Myshkin.



The Soviets clear the puck

around the boards.



Let's go, boys! 

Come on, now!




   seconds left!



The U. S. team with one more

chance on this power play.



Last rush! 

Come on, Silky!



Dave Silk crossing.



Silky! Silky! 

I'm with you!



He's checked. 

Loose puck.



Picked up by Johnson.



He scores!



Mark Johnson, with only four

seconds left on the power play,



ties the game at  .



Only a goal!



USA goal

scored by number    Johnson.



Assist, number   Silk. 

Time,  :  .



Ken, a couple months ago,



did you think this was

remotely possible?



No. Absolutely not.



But the thing with the U. S. team

is they're very young,



very talented.



And now they're beginning

to believe.



There's my boy!



Way to work!



Score to tie the game.



 -  the United States

and the Soviet Union.



Face-off controlled

by the Soviets.



Kharlamov on the attack. 

Down into the corner.



Drop pass. 

Kasatonov with a shot!






And the Americans with the puck.



Clear it.



Maltsev streaks across

the U. S. blue line.



Over to Makarov.



Craig with the save!



Kasatonov from the point.



-Thataway, Jimmy! 

-Craig again!



Thataway, Jimmy!



Keep them wide!



Come on, Buzzy!



-Harrington up to Schneider. 

-Rizzo, go!



Schneider gets rid of it

and heads to the bench.



All right, Buzzy.



Bilyaletdinov picks up the puck

in the corner.



Checked by Harrington.






-Rizzo! Rizzo! 

-Pavelich has it now.



Over to Eruzione.



He shoots.



He scores!



Mike Eruzione!



Whoo! Whoo!



Right now we've got bedlam!



Anyone who was at

Madison Square Garden



two weeks ago who's

watching this game tonight



has got to be shocked.



Oh, I love Brooks' reaction.



Thataway, Rizzo!



Yes! Yes! Yes!






And the chant resumes.



Mike Eruzione

out of Boston University,



the captain of this U. S. team,



has just put the U. S. ahead

for the first time



exactly halfway through

the third period.



USA goal scored

by number    Eruzione.



This U. S. team was

demoralized by the Soviets.



Very tentative. 

Very nervous.



Very much in awe

of the Soviet team.



And this is a U. S. team

that is not in awe of anyone.



Keep it going, now, boys!






Come on, boys. 

Here we go.



   minutes left to play.



The face-off to Petrov. 

To Kharlamov.



Krutov crossing

the U. S. blue line now.



Quick pass back to Maltsev. 

Shot. Save.



-Now ice it! 

-Get it out of there!



Kasatonov at the point. 

A drive.



Just wide of the net.



Krutov with the puck. 

Right in front.



And another huge save

by Jim Craig!



-Play your game! 

-Johnson looking to McClanahan.



-Play your game! 

-It's intercepted by Kharlamov.



Take him wide!



Kharlamov leading the charge

up the ice.



He fires a shot. 

Glove save! Jim Craig!



Keep it moving.



Wristed from Petrov.



Craig again with the stop.



Kharlamov back to Kasatonov

at the point.



He shoots. 

Stick save.



Attaboy, Jimmy!



Rebound out to McClanahan. 

Can't clear it.



Great play!



McClanahan dives

to clear the zone.



 :   remaining

in the third period.



We're gonna go with

short shifts, boys.



   to    seconds.



Short shifts. 

   to    seconds.



Keep an eye on it, Doc.



Kharlamov with a long pass

to Mikhailov.



Over the blue line.



To Petrov right in front. 




Sliding save by Craig.



Switch them up! Let's go! 

Go! Go!



Petrov over to Maltsev. 

Off to Kasatonov at the point.



He sends it around the boards.



Picked up by Fetisov.



Hit hard by Silk.



Get it out!



Picked up and cleared by Morrow.



And the Soviets retreat back.



Keep it going, now!



Five minutes to play

in the third period.



Kasatonov leaves it

for Mikhailov.



Mikhailov moves it over

to Kharlamov.



Slap shot!



Knocked away by Craig!



Get men out!



Ramsey moves it ahead

to Pavelich.



Get ready!



And he's run into

the boards by Bilyaletdinov.



Change them up! 

Let's go!



-Go off! Get off the ice! 

-Intercepted by Kharlamov.



He moves it up to Krutov.



Krutov with the puck. 

Through the neutral zone.



Moving in on the net.



That's stopped by Craig.



Thataboy, Jimmy!



Play your game, boys!



Loose puck in the corner. 

Krutov chasing it.



Schneider right behind him. 

Fighting for it.



Off the board! 

Bring it off the board!



Chip it out! 




 :   left to play. 

O'Callahan moving out.



-How are we doing, Doc? 

-  !



Change them up! 

Change them up!



-Let's go! 

-Golikov moving it up.



Leaves it for Makarov.



Get him off!



Saved by Craig.



Poise and control.



McClanahan scrapping for it. 

And Mikhailov in there.



Hard hit by Mike Ramsey! 

 :   remaining.



Okay, no more changes

until the next whistle.



No more changes

until the next whistle.



Come on, Jimmy!



Loose puck in the corner.



When they pull Myshkin,

I want fresh legs. O. C.



Yeah, yeah.



Kharlamov to Mikhailov.



Ramsey diving.



Stand him up!



Mikhailov over the blue line.



Across to Petrov. 




-Come on, Jimmy! 




I'm really amazed



how well-conditioned

this U. S. team is.



I've never seen the Soviets

outskated this late in the game.



And that's exactly what the

U. S. team is doing right now.



Golikov across to Petrov.




Kicked away by Craig!



-Way to go, Jimmy! 

-Over to Maltsev.



Moving in on the net.



Hand stop by Craig!



Chip it out! 

Chip it out!



Come on! Chip it out! 

That's it!



They're not pulling Myshkin!



Kharlamov at center ice. 

To Krutov.



He doesn't know what to do.



   seconds left to play.



Makarov over the blue line. 

To Maltsev.






Another save.



Fighting for possession.



Morrow trying to get it away

from Kharlamov along the boards.



Come on. 

Come on.






Again, coming to you

from the Olympic ice arena.



Come on, baby!



The U. S. , huge underdogs,

leading the Soviet Union.



Johnson over to Ramsey.



Bilyaletdinov gets checked

by Ramsey.



McClanahan is there. 

The puck is still loose.




You got    seconds.



The countdown going on

right now.



Morrow up to Silk.



Five seconds left in the game.



Do you believe in miracles?
















Beautiful! Beautiful! 







Way to go, Coach!













Two days later,

the miracle was made complete.



My boys defeated Finland

to win the gold medal,



coming from behind once again.



As I watched them out there,

celebrating on the ice,



I realized

that Patti had been right.



It was a lot more

than a hockey game.



Not only for those

who watched it,



but for those who played in it.



I've often been asked

in the years since Lake Placid



what was the best moment

for me.



Well, it was here.



The sight of    young men

of such differing backgrounds



now standing as one.



Young men willing to sacrifice

so much of themselves



all for an unknown.



A few years later,

the U. S. began using



professional athletes

at the games.



Dream teams.



I always found that term ironic



because now that we have

dream teams,



we seldom ever get to dream.



But on one weekend, as America

and the world watched,



a group of remarkable young men

gave the nation



what it needed most.



A chance, for one night,

not only to dream.



But a chance, once again,

to believe.



Every time that I look

in the mirror



All these lines on my face

getting clearer



The past is gone



It went by

like dusk to dawn



Isn't that the way?



Everybody's got their dues

in life to pay






I know nobody knows



Where it comes

and where it goes



I know it's everybody's sin



You got to lose

to know how to win



Half my life's in books'

written pages



Live and learn from fools

and from sages



You know it's true



All the things come back

to you



Sing with me



Sing for the year



Sing for the laughter

and sing for the tear



Sing with me

if it's just for today



Maybe tomorrow the good Lord

will take you away



Yeah, sing with me



Sing for the year



Sing for the laughter

and sing for the tear



Sing with me

if it's just for today



Maybe tomorrow the good Lord

will take you away



Dream on



Dream on



Dream on



Dream yourself

a dream come true



Dream on



Dream on



Dream on



Dream until your dream

come true



Dream on



Dream on



Dream on



Dream on



Dream on



Dream on



Dream on






Sing with me



Sing for the year



Sing for the laughter

and sing for the tear



Sing with me

if it's just for today



Maybe tomorrow the good Lord

will take you away



Sing with me



Sing for the year



Sing for the laughter

and sing for the tear



Sing with me

if it's just for today



Maybe tomorrow the good Lord

will take you away



And I know you'll do a good job.



And see you guys later, okay?




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