Director: Charles BinaméWriter(s): Ken Scott
Star(s): Roy Dupuis, Julie Le Breton, Rémy Girard
The Rocket traces the meteoric rise of hockey legend Maurice Richard (Dupuis), from his humble beginnings as a Montreal machinist during the Depression to star of the Canadiens and the greatest scorer in hockey. But this is much more than a sports movie. Director Binamé frames the story in a cultural context: It isn’t until Richard, a man of few words, begins to speak his mind about the inequalities and prejudice directed toward French Canadians that he finds his voice. Many feel that the riots caused by Richard’s suspension in 1955 were the spark that fuelled the Quiet Revolution in Quebec. This hockey blockbuster is chock-full of heart and history.
The Rocket was nominated for 13 Genie Awards and won nine.
The story blows my mind and makes me feel really proud to be a Canadian.
— Grade 11 student, Colonel Gray HS, Charlottetown
Binamé’s Eldorado screened at the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 1995. He also directs for hit TV shows such as Reign, Flashpoint, Rookie Blue and Republic of Doyle. His latest film, Elephant Song, won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
- English - 9, 10, 11, 12
- Media - 9, 10, 11, 12
Screening Language Options:
- French Language with English Subtitles
- English Language with French Subtitles