This uplifting sports film tells the true story of one team’s journey from humble beginnings to a triumphant moment that inspired an entire nation. Kurt Russell stars as Herb Brooks, the coach of the 1980 United States hockey team, a squad of ordinary college kids who would face the seemingly unstoppable national team from the Soviet Union in the first medal round of the Olympic games. The US team overcame incredible odds to claim victory in the match, which for many Americans carried heavy symbolism as the country continued to be engaged in the cold war with the Communist superpower.
In 1980 the U.S. Olympic Hockey team stunned the world when they scored an upset victory over the “unbeatable” Russian team and went on to win the gold medal. Director Gavin O’Connor (Tumbleweeds) brings this exciting story to the screen in one of the best sports films in recent years, and Kurt Russell turns in an excellent performance as coach Herb Brooks. Mark’s score captures the exhilaration of the hockey games, the nobility of the struggle, and the spirit of the young players with a 100-piece orchestra playing their hearts out.
Mark said, “It was a real pleasure to work on a film of this quality and to be part of such a talented team. And Ken Kugler, my orchestrator, and I had a lot of fun wrestling with all the options and color combinations that an orchestra of this size gives you. What a great project to cap off the year.”