Is ‘Miracle’ The Great Forgotten Christmas Movie?

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David Hookstead Sports And Entertainment Editor
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“Miracle” is one of the greatest Christmas movies ever made, and I feel like I’m the only one talking about this indisputable fact.

I watch “Miracle” every single Christmas. I have done it every year since the movie came out. It’s a little family tradition. However, I feel like it doesn’t get the respect it deserves among other great Christmas movies.

Yes, the movie focuses 99 percent on a bunch of American college hockey players defeating the Soviet Union and winning the gold medal. What people often forget is that there is an entire scene in the movie dedicated to Christmas. That’s more than enough to mark this one as a Christmas movie for me.

You know who probably didn’t celebrate Christmas before the Olympics? The players for the Soviet Union. You know what else they didn’t do? Win the gold medal. I’m not saying there’s a connection between the two, but I’m also not ruling it out.

Here’s what I do know for sure. We celebrated Christmas, we put together a rag tag team of hockey players and we won the gold medal. Those are simply the facts, and there’s no debate about the facts.

Here’s another fact. “Miracle” has one of the greatest speeches in movie history.

So, there we have it. I have officially deemed “Miracle” one of the all-time great Christmas movies. If you disagree with me then you probably also wish the Soviet Union had won the 1980 gold medal for hockey. What a sad life that must be.

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