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The Best 'Miracle' Movie Quotes

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The best Miracle quotes tell the true story of the 1980 US Olympic Hockey Team who won the gold medal against all odds at the Winter Olympics. Written by Eric Guggenheim, the film was directed by Gavin O'Connor. Miracle opened in theaters on February 6, 2004, and has since been regarded as one of the best sports movies of all time.

In Miracle, the United States Olympic Committee, in preparation for the 1980 Winter Olympics, hires the highly successful University of Minnesota coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) to lead the team into what is seen as an impossible task. The US enters the games having been embarrassed, especially by the Soviet team, which won gold at six of the last seven Olympics. Much to their ire, however, Coach Brooks selects a roster of 26 players, which by design, omit many of the most talented players available.

Coach Brooks puts the players, including Jim Craig (Eddie Cahill), Mike Erizione (Patrick O'Brien Demsey), Jack O'Callahan (Michael Mantenuto) and Rob McClanahan (Nathan West), through grueling training in preparation. Using his own system, he forces them to think differently about the game and enter the Olympics as the best-conditioned team on the ice. In the end, the US team faces the Soviets where the epic conclusion of the story peaks. Coach Brooks leaves the team with a remarkable pre-game speech but it's up to them whether they will complete the miracle or not.

Miracle isn's just one of the best sports movies ever, but also one of the most inspirational sports movies as well. Do you believe in miracles?
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    Win on Talent Alone

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    Herb Brooks: You think you can win on talent alone? Gentlemen, you don't have enough talent to win on talent alone.
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      We Start Becoming a Team Right Now!

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      Herb Brooks: Well, how 'bout it boys? Look like hockey to you? Looks more like a couple monkeys trying to hump a football to me, I don't know. What do you think Craig?
      Craig Patrick: Yeah.
      Herb Brooks: You wanna settle old scores, you're on the wrong team. We move forward starting right now. We start becoming a team RIGHT NOW! Skating. Passing. Flow. Creativity. That is what this team is all about, gentlemen, not old rivalries. So, why don't we start with some introductions. You know, get to know each other a little bit. Where you from. Who you are. Go ahead.
      Rob McClanahan: Rob McClanahan. St. Paul, Minnesota.
      Herb Brooks: Who do you play for?
      Rob McClanahan: I play for you, here at the U.
      Herb Brooks: Jack?
      Jack O'Callahan: Jack O'Callahan. Charlestown, Massachusetts. Boston University.
      Herb Brooks: Over here.
      Ralph Cox: I'm Ralph Cox. I'm from wherever's not gonna get me hit!
      Herb Brooks: Very good. Everybody on the line, let's go!
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        All Star Teams Fail

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        Herb Brooks: All-star teams fail because they rely solely on the individual's talent. The Soviets win because they take that talent and use it inside a system that's designed for the betterment of the team. My goal is to beat 'em at their own game.
        Lou Nanne: Beat the best team in the world? Gold medalists in '64, '68, '72, '76? Pretty lofty goal, Herb.
        Herb Brooks: Well, Lou, that's why I want to pursue it.
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          The Kid in the Net Who Wouldn't Take the Test

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          Jim Craig: Wait a second, I've given you all I've got, and now you're pulling the plug on me?
          Herb Brooks: Have you? Given me your very best? Because I know there's a lot more in you, a whole other level, that for some reason you just don't want to go to!... Aww, what the hell, you don't understand what the hell I'm talking about.
          Jim Craig: No... you know what I understand, Herb? I don't understand you, nobody on this team understands you. You, with your ridiculous sayings, and your drills, and those stupid psychology tests that you had everybody take
          Herb Brooks: Everybody?
          Jim Craig: What, so this is what this is all about? Because I didn't take your test? Fine, you want me to take your test, I'll take your test. Is that what you want?
          Herb Brooks: No. I wanna see the kid in the net who wouldn't take the test.
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