The Boxers from Brockton, MA and the Canadiens from Fredericton, NB are two teams at a 2003 Montréal junior hockey tournament. The Boxers almost didn't attend because of the rising global ...
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The Boxers from Brockton, MA and the Canadiens from Fredericton, NB are two teams at a 2003 Montréal junior hockey tournament. The Boxers almost didn't attend because of the rising global tensions due to the US initiated Iraq War. After arriving in Montréal, the Boxers wished they hadn't attended as they face anti-US sentiments time after time, some bordering on the potentially violent. This situation is especially troubling for the family of the Boxers' star forward Michael Carver, whose twenty year old brother Chris Carter gave up his own hockey life to enlist and is scheduled to head over to Iraq soon. One half of the Canadiens star first line, coach Neil Martin's twelve year old son Jordan Martin, doesn't like the treatment shown to the American team. Although distracted by his parent's crumbling marriage whose problems are due primarily to competing careers, Jordan decides to do his small but seemingly insurmountably problematic part in fixing the wrong that has been done. ...Written by
Staffer Dave Doyle of The Boston Globe wrote a 4/15/2004 article about the 2004 Friendship tournament in Fredericton and the preceding March, 2003, match in Montreal. The article mentions that Roger Shannon (cited in Crazy Credits) was a former RCMP officer, was working as a senior manager of the Fredericton 911 system, had coached hockey at many levels, and came up with the Friendship Tournament idea when he first heard of the Brockton team's March 2003 experience in Montreal. See more »
(at around 45 mins) The New Brunswick license plate GAJ-314 has expiration tab "03 2008", whereas the picture is set in 2003. See more »
"The events in this film are inspired by the real-life actions of hockey dads Brian Johnson and Roger Shannon who organized the Friendship Series that took place in Fredericton, New Brunswick in 2004. We thank them for their generosity in letting us tell this story." See more »
Good family friendly movie. The plot was a little cheesy, but not too over the top. Typical predictable story line, but isn't that the case with most movies anymore? It was interesting to see the anti American sentiment portrayed in a non-American film. How accurate was that to the actual events...I don't know.
Sports movies typically fall flat on their face trying to create dramatic action sequences. The casual viewer may buy it, but an actual player will say "that's so fake". This movie did a fairly good job IMO.
Goof: Not a spoiler because this has nothing to do with the plot. When discussing their "favorite game" the one kid says "1980 in Lake Placid, US vs Russia for the gold medal". This wasn't the gold medal game.
Kind of goof: There is a scene where the hockey coaches are taking slap shots and their shots are brutal. Either have someone stand in for that scene, or frame the scene so you don't see their shots. The camera angle was from the other end of the rink and behind them, so it would have been easy. Maybe the actors aren't hockey players? That's fine. Just modify the scene.
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