29 Jan ‘The Russian Five’

This is the dramatic story of the five Russian hockey stars who helped propel the Detroit Red Wings to two Stanley Cup championships and created one of the most memorable chapters in Motor City sports history. The movie, directed by Port Huron native Joshua Riehl, includes new interviews with Russian Five stars Sergei Fedorov, Igor Larionov, Vyacheslav Kozlov and Viacheslav Fetisov, along with other Red Wing and NHL greats, including Steve Yzerman, Brendan Shanahan, Darren McCarty and Wayne Gretzky. The film gives the behind-the-scenes story of the Red Wings' strategy in luring the five Russian players, including the under-cover-of-night defections of Fedorov and Vladimir Konstantinov. It also provides new insight into many key moments in Wings' history, including coach Bowman's decision to play all the Russian Five at the same time, the bloody rivalry between the Wings and Colorado Avalanche, the 1996-97 Stanley Cup run and the horrific limousine accident that seriously injured Konstantinov and masseur Sergei Mnatsakanov in the celebration aftermath. World premiere. Unrated; profanity, sports violence.

VIP party 6:30 p.m. Wed., film at 8 p.m. April 11, The Fillmore Detroit
8:30 p.m. Thu., April 12, Emagine Royal Oak
4 p.m. Fri., April 13, Detroit Film Theatre at the DIA

After the films: On Wednesday, Free Press columnist Mitch Albom talks to director Joshua Rhiel, Jimmy Devellano, senior vice president of the Detroit Red Wings and former Red Wing Darren McCarty. On Thursday, Free Press sports editor talks to Rhiel, and producer Keith Gave, a former Free Press hockey writer and author of, “The Russian Five: A Story of Espionage, Defection, Bribery and Courage”; and Joanne C. Gerstner, a former hockey beat writer who is a sports journalist in residence at Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. On Friday, Gene Myers, the Free Press’ sports editor for more than 22 years, talks to Rhiel, Daniel Milstein, executive producer and NHL player agent, producer Jenny Feterovich, Free Press hockey beat writer Helene St. James.

YEAR 2018
RUN TIME 109 minutes
Director Joshua Riehl
Producers Steve Bannatyne, Jenny Feterovich, Keith Gave, Dan Milstein
Editor David Fabelo
Composer Wayne Kramer
World Premiere