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Maurice Richard (The Rocket)

Director Charles Binamé
Year 2005
Run Time 124min
Genre Drama
The Rocket traces the meteoric rise of hockey legend Maurice Richard (Dupuis), from his humble beginnings as a Montreal machinist during the Depression to star of the Canadiens and the greatest scorer in hockey.

But this is much more than a sports movie. Director Binamé frames the story in a cultural context: It isn’t until Richard, a man of few words, begins to speak his mind about the inequalities and prejudice directed toward French Canadians that he finds his voice.

Many feel that the riots caused by Richard’s suspension in 1955 were the spark that fuelled the Quiet Revolution in Quebec. This hockey blockbuster is chock-full of heart and history.

The Rocket was nominated for 13 Genie Awards and won nine.


Charles Binamé

Binamé’s Eldorado screened at the prestigious Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 1995. He also directs for hit TV shows such as Reign, Flashpoint, Rookie Blue and Republic of Doyle. His latest film, Elephant Song, won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.


Ken Scott


Roy Dupuis, Julie Le Breton, Stephen McHattie, Patrice Robitaille


Daniel Louis, Denise Robert




Biography, Discrimination, History, Social Justice & Politics, Sports

Original Languages

English, French

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, FR CC

Canadian Distributors

eOne, FunFilm/Criterion