March 22
Playing exclusively at
Phoenix Theatres
Mall of Monroe · Laurel Park · State-Wayne
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The Detroit Red Wings help Russian players defect from the Soviet Union to help break a decades long championship drought.


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  • Directed by
    Joshua Riehl
  • Executive Producer
    Dan Millstein
  • Produced by
    Jenny Feterovich, Steve, Bannatyne, Jason Wehling, Keith Gave, John Dean, John Aldrich, Raisa Churina
  • Edited by
    David Fabelo
  • Original Music by
    Wayne Kramer

The Story

In the late 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings hockey team was a laughing stock, often called the "Dead Wings". After a wealthy pizza magnate bought the failing franchise, he appointed an unorthodox General Manager to build a championship team. Throwing off conventional wisdom, the new GM looked to America's mortal enemy in the Cold War, the Soviet Union itself. Through a plot that sounds like a spy novel, the Red Wings organization brought on one Russian after another, sneaking them out under cover of night and whisking them to the Motor City, only to find that the new players faced another problem: Integration.

The film follows the stories of the five Russian players that emigrated to America, took root in Detroit, Michigan, and struggled to fit in, all while training day and night to become Stanley Cup champions. The new immigrants had to learn to communicate with their teammates, assimilate into the culture, and become Americans. Yet, along the way, the Russians began to teach the rest of the team the core of Soviet hockey, and better still, they started winning.

The Russian Five is the true story of immigrants that became American heroes, teammates that became family, and a scrappy, resilient city that became a world champion, twice. It's a story about hopes and dreams becoming reality, and the harsh reality of dreaming big. The names Federov, Larionov, Fetisov, Kozlov, and Konstantinov are legend now in the Motor City and their influence is still felt throughout the National Hockey League today.

And all because a few brave people decided to set aside national identity to reach for the stars.

Host a Private Screening

This is a very special film that should be experienced together with your team. Due to our own personal excitement as both Red Wings fans and hockey enthusiasts, Phoenix Theatres has decided to offer private showings at a special group rate for you to enjoy with your team.

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"The Russian Five" SWEEPSTAKES

One Grand Prize Winner will recieve:

  • A complimentary dinner at Johnny's Italian Steakhouse with you and two of your friends with former Red Wings member
    Darren McCarty
  • An autographed copy of the book "The Russian Five" by Keith Gave
  • A private screening for you and your closest friends to watch "The Russian Five"
  • The Offical Movie Poster for the movie "The Russian Five"
  • 4 Complimentary Movie Passes


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