Hockey Night

Canada 1984. Dir: Paul Shapiro. 76 min. DCP

NEW RESTORATION | One year before Megan (pronounced Mee-gan) Follows enchanted a nation as the pigtailed heart-tugger of Anne of Green Gables (screening in Cinema Sunday in April), she laced up her skates for this fondly-remembered ‘80s television movie, now the recipient of a lavish new 4K digital restoration. Set and shot in Parry Sound, Ontario — hometown of “Number Four, Bobby Orr” — the unabashedly Canadian Hockey Night casts Follows as a newly-arrived teen who’s determined to be the next netminder for an all-boys hockey team — much to the chagrin of the team’s sponsor, a local lumber tycoon. Maury Chaykin (A&E’s Nero Wolfe) is the town’s closed-minded broadcaster, who scoffs at the prospect of a girl in goal; Rick Moranis is the affable coach in her corner. Long available only on VHS, this fully-restored theatrical version has been tailor-made for the big screen, for a new generation of hockey-loving families!


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Cinema Sunday films are introduced by Vancouver film history teacher and critic Michael van den Bos.