Amazon.com essential video
You don't need to know anything about hockey to be moved by this hourlong documentary about one of the greatest upsets in sports history: the United States' defeat of the vaunted Russian Olympic hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. The film recounts the David vs. Goliath matchup between the Americans (essentially a group of college kids molded into a team by coach Herb Brooks, also the U.S. hockey coach in the 2002 Olympic games) and the Russians, professionals who had won four straight Olympic golds. The story is retold in interviews with the people who lived it, including Brooks and several of the American players, sportscaster Al Michaels (who uttered the title line as the game ended), and key Russian players. Do You Believe in Miracles? is a solid blend of sports and history that focuses on the human element in one of the great underdog victories of all time. --Marshall Fine
From the Back Cover
The story of the 1980 U.S. hockey team. In February of 1980, amidst growing Cold War fears, the U.S. hockey team created an unforgettable moment of national pride when they miraculously beat the Soviets o the ice-a win selected by Sports Illustrated as the #1 sports moment of the century. Revisiting Lake Placid twenty-one years later, Do You Believe in Miracles? takes a look at the team's emotional climb to gold while exploring the tumultuous political and social landscape of the time. Interviews include U.S. players Jim Craig and Mike Eruzione, coach Herb Brooks, Soviet Players Vladislav Tretiak and Boris Mihailov, American hostage Barry Rosen, and Broadcaster Al Michaels.