The Russian Five

2018 | USA, Canada, Russia | NR | 105 min.


The Kubrick at Central Grade School Sat, Aug 4, 2018 12:00 PM
Film Info
Section:US Documentary
Release Year:2018
Runtime:105 min.
Premiere Status:Northern Michigan Premiere
Production Country:USA
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Joshua Riehl
Produced by:Stephen Bannatyne
Raisa Churina
Jenny Feterovich
Keith Gave
Jason Wehling
Cinematography:E.J. Enriquez
Chris Rosik
Editing By:David Fabelo
Cast:Sergei Fedorov
Slava Kozlov
Igor Larionov
Slava Fetisov
Steve Yzerman
Nick Lindstrom
Darren McCarty
Chris Draper
Brendan Shanahan
Mickey Redmond
Scotty Bowman
Jimmy Devellano
Wayne Gretzky
Jeff Daniels
Dave Strader
Ken Holland.


When Jim Devellano was hired as the new general manager of the struggling Detroit “Dead” Wings in 1982, his mission appeared impossible: restore the flailing franchise to its former glory by winning a Stanley Cup. He devised a radical, dangerous plan—draft superstars from the USSR’s Red Army team, then extract them from behind the iron curtain. Through covert dealings straight out of a spy novel, Devellano and his scouts persuade three celebrated Soviets—Federov, Konstantinov, and Koslov—to defect to Detroit. Years later they add veteran legends Fetisov and Larionov to form the NHL’s first all-Russian line, culminating in back-to-back Stanley Cup victories for the city of Detroit. More than mere nostalgic reminiscing, The Russian Five demonstrates the power of sports to change culture and politics by smashing stereotypes and forging bonds across borders. IN PERSON: Director Joshua Riehl; Subject Dan Millstein; Producers Steve Bannatyne and Jenny Feterovich.