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THE ROCKET

(2005)
124 mins | Biography | Discrimination | History | Politics | Social Justice | Sports |
Provincial Ratings
NewfoundlandPG
Nova ScotiaPG
P.E.I.PG
New BrunswickPG
QuebecG
OntarioPG
ManitobaPG
SaskatchewanPG
AlbertaPG
British ColumbiaPG
Northwest TerritoriesPG
NunavutPG
YukonPG

Director: Charles Binamé

Writer(s): Ken Scott

Star(s): Roy Dupuis, Julie Le Breton, Rémy Girard

Synopsis:

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


    About the Director

    Charles Binamé

    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.

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    Lesson Plans Available for this title:
    • English - 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Media - 9, 10, 11, 12

    Screening Language Options:
    • French Language with English Subtitles
    • English Language with French Subtitles

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