The Rocket celebrates 100 years of film making


The 2005 film The Rocket tells the story of hockey legend Maurice Richard.
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The Courier

Has it really been that long?

It seems time flies when you are watching a good movie and film buffs are celebrating 100 years of film making in Canada.

Do you have a favorite? 4 Wing Movie Club will mark the anniversary with a screening of the French-Canadian film The Rocket on April 17 at the Wing theatre at 7 p.m.

As an added bonus, the audio system at the theatre has been recently upgraded.

“We are really trying to get more people out to the films,” says Nicole Lewis, Community Recreation Coordinator. “The new audio system will help a lot. It sounds great in there now.”

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.

The 4 Wing Movie Club picks films to show at the theatre weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Admission is free to Defence Team members. Show your CF1 card.

The weekly choices are published in The Courier, but subject to change due to availability.