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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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    Great Moments Are Born From Great Opportunity

    Great Moments Are Born From Gr is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 'Miracle' Movie Quotes
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    Herb Brooks: Great moments... are born from great opportunity. And that's what you have here, tonight, boys. That's what you've earned here tonight. One game. If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine. But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them. Tonight, we stay with them. And we shut them down because we can! Tonight, WE are the greatest hockey team in the world. You were born to be hockey players. Every one of you. And you were meant to be here tonight. This is your time. Their time is done. It's over. I'm sick and tired of hearing about what a great hockey team the Soviets have. Screw 'em. This is your time. Now go out there and take it.
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      Who Do You Play For?

      Who Do You Play For? is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 'Miracle' Movie Quotes
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      Mike Eruzione: Mike Eruzione! Winthrop, Massachusetts!
      Herb Brooks: Who do you play for?
      Mike Eruzione: I play for the United States of America!
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        The Name on the Front

        The Name on the Front is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 'Miracle' Movie Quotes
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        Herb Brooks: When you pull on that jersey, you represent yourself and your teammates. And the name on the front is a hell of alot more important than the one on the back! Get that through your head!
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          The Miracle Was Made Complete

          The Miracle Was Made Complete is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 'Miracle' Movie Quotes
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          Herb Brooks: Two days later the miracle was made complete. My boys defeated Finland to win the gold medal, coming from behind once again. As I watched them out there, celebrating on the ice, I realized that Patti had been right. It was a lot more than a hockey game, not only for those who watched it, but for those who played in it. I've often been asked in the years since Lake Placid what was the best moment for me. Well, it was here - the sight of 20 young men of such differing backgrounds now standing as one. Young men willing to sacrifice so much of themselves all for an unknown. A few years later, the U.S. began using professional athletes at the Games - Dream Teams. I always found that term ironic because now that we have Dream Teams, we seldom ever get to dream. But on one weekend, as America and the world watched, a group of remarkable young men gave the nation what it needed most - a chance, for one night, not only to dream, but a chance, once again, to believe.
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