The Russian Five is a great documentary talking about the time that the Detroit Red Wings smuggled and signed Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Slava Kozlov, Slava Fetisov, and Igor Larionov. The story is amazing, and it took place at a time when Russia never let their players leave and letting them play in the United States was an impossible dream for those players for a lot of reasons.
Jimmy Devellano and Jim Lites, were both in the Red Wings front office at the time and they steal scenes, a lot of them. Seeing what Detroit was like back in the ’90s was interesting. It’s almost hard to remember how bad the Red Wings were in the ’80s and they took a risk to try and win the Stanley Cup. It was bold. Actor, Jeff Daniels, added a nice fan perspective as well.
Joshua Riehl did a great job of directing this. It moves quickly and never gets slow or boring. Gold Star Film production did a fantastic job with this project. I knew about this entire story, had heard a lot of versions of it, but still found out things I didn’t know from this movie.
Check out the trailer here:
Here’s the release schedule:
UPDATED THEATRICAL RELEASE SCHEDULE
NOW PLAYING IN:
THEATERS ACROSS MICHIGAN
ALBANY, NY AT REGAL’S CROSSGATES STADIUM 18 & IMAX
CHICAGO AREA AT REGAL’S LINCOLNSHIRE STADIUM 15 & IMAX – PLUS A SPECIAL ONE-NIGHT SCREENING TOMORROW NIGHT: MAY 23 AT ATHENAEUM THEATRE
CLEVELAND AREA AT REGAL’S MIDDLEBURG TOWN SQUARE STADIUM 16
LAUDERDALE / SUNRISE / MIAMI AREA AT REGAL’S SAWGRASS STADIUM 23 & IMAX
NAPLES, FL AT REGAL’S NAPLES 4DX & IMAX
NASHVILLE, TN AT REGAL’S HOLLYWOOD STADIUM 27 & RPX – HOLD OVER AT LEAST UNTIL MAY 30 DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND
PHILADELPHIA AT REGAL’S RIVERVIEW PLAZA 17 IMAX & RPK
RALEIGH, NC AT REGAL’S BRIAR CREEK STADIUM 14
ROCHESTER, NY AT REGAL’S HENRIETTA STADIUM 18
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA AT 4-STAR THEATRE (SAN FRANCISCO) AND LARK THEATRE (LARKSPUR, CA) – HOLD OVER AT LEAST UNTIL MAY 30 DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND
WASHINGTON, DC AREA AT THE REGAL MAJESTIC STADIUM 20 & IMAX (SILVER SPRING, MD)
OPENS IN NEW YORK CITY NEXT FRIDAY MAY 31
AT IFC CENTER
OPENS IN HOWELL, MI ON FRIDAY MAY 31 AT HISTORIC HOWELL