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The Russian Five

Friday, May 31, 2019 - Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Detroit Red Wings hockey team was a joke in the late ‘80s. When a pizza magnate bought the failing team, his unorthodox General Manager turned to America’s mortal enemy in the Cold War: the USSR. The Red Wings brought on one Russian after another, sneaking them into Detroit, only to find that the new players faced another problem: integration. THE RUSSIAN FIVE follows these immigrants who came to America and struggled to fit in, training day and night just to become Stanley Cup champions.

Winner: Best of SIFF, Seattle Int’l Film Festival; Winner: Audience Award, Windsor Int’l Film Festival; Winner: Audience Award, Traverse City Film Festival



  • Country USA
  • Running Time 99 minutes
  • Director Joshua Riehl
  • Writer Keith Gave, Joshua Riehl, Jason Wehling
  • Editor David Fabelo
  • Cinematographer E.J. Enriquez, Chris Rosik
  • Cast Jeff Daniels, Jim Devellano, Sergei Fedorov, Viacheslav Fetisov, Wayne Gretzky, Vladimir Konstantinov, Vyacheslav Kozlov, Igor Larionov