The acclaimed documentary film The Russian Five – winner of multiple film festival audience awards – is now playing in U.S. movie theaters ahead of a national expansion.

The documentary tells the story of the first five Russians to play hockey together in the National Hockey League (NHL) and how they helped transform the Detroit Red Wings from perennial losers to back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions.

Toward the end of the Cold War the Red Wings hatched an audacious plan to draft the best Soviet players from behind the Iron Curtain and help them defect to Detroit, sneaking them out under cover of night and whisking them to the Motor City where they won the fans’ hearts and changed the way hockey is played in North America forever.

“…the way The Russian Five intercuts dazzling game footage with interviews makes it a treat to experience.”
– Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

“I can say I shed several tears by the end of The Russian Five and its story of stubborn devotion, emotional anguish, and underdog triumph.”
– Glenn Dunks, The Film Experience

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“5 OUT OF 5 PUCKS!”
“Hands down the best hockey movie I have seen since Miracle.”
“A story in the finest John le Carré tradition. A tale of satchels of money political defections flashy corvettes and ultimately Stanley Cup glory.”
–  Darryl Houston Smith, Inside Hockey

“A 100-MINUTE MASTERPIECE”
– The Hockey News

“A HEROIC HOCKEY TALE. ROUSING.”
– The Detroit News

The Russian Five left a lasting legacy on the game of hockey and this documentary dives into not only what they accomplished on the ice to bring a Stanley Cup to Detroit, but also the human side of the story, including their incredible journey from the Soviet Union to Detroit that required cloak and dagger efforts worthy of your favorite Cold War spy novel,” said Russian Five director Joshua Riehl. “With never before seen home videos, game footage from some of the most iconic moments of the NHL in the 90’s and interviews with over 10 Hall of Famers, whether you’ve been a lifelong hockey fan or you’re new to the game, The Russian Five is must-see viewing!”

OFFICIAL TRAILER

WINNER – AUDIENCE AWARD – TRAVERSE CITY FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – AUDIENCE AWARD – WINDSOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
WINNER – SPIRIT OF MICHIGAN AWARD – FREEP FEST
BEST OF FEST – SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

NOW PLAYING IN:

THEATERS ACROSS MICHIGAN
&
NASHVILLE, TN AT REGAL’S HOLLYWOOD STADIUM 27 & RPX – HELD OVER AT LEAST UNTIL MAY 30 DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND
&
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA AT 4-STAR THEATRE (SAN FRANCISCO) AND LARK THEATRE (LARKSPUR, CA) – HELD OVER AT LEAST UNTIL MAY 30 DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND

SCREENS IN RESTON, VIRGINIA THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 29 AND SATURDAY, JUNE 1 AT BOW TIE RESTON TOWN CENTER 11 & BTX

OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY THIS FRIDAY, MAY 31
AT IFC CENTER

OPENS IN HOWELL, MICHIGAN ON FRIDAY, MAY 31 AT HISTORIC HOWELL

SCREENS IN PORTLAND, OREGON ON SATURDAY, JUNE 1 AND SATURDAY, JUNE 8 AT CLINTON STREET THEATER

SCREENS IN THE CHICAGO AREA ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 AND SATURDAY, JUNE 8 AT WILMETTE THEATRE

ITUNES PAGE (PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW)
https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/the-russian-five/id1454756565

OFFICIAL WEBSITE & TICKETS SITE
http://www.therussianfive.com