The Last Gladiators

"Some fights never end"
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The Last Gladiators is a movie about the lengths one takes to succeed in ice hockey and to protect their teammates. The enforcer is the most feared player in ice hockey, with the duty of protecting the team at all costs. It's all about putting differences aside for the bettering of the team and winning of the games. The movie talks about the fighting in hockey and the trials and tribulations that go along with it. In this movie, through many interviews with some hockey's most notorious players of the past, it shows how going from innocent hockey games with the guys as kids, is a much more serious game with the NHL. The NHL has a special bond that cannot be broken, a code that cannot be spoken, and there are consequences if this happens.

This is a story about Chris Nilan, an infamous enforcer for the NHL that got out of touch with reality by destroying himself and the people closest to him. Hockey was number one in his book and it didn't matter what he had to do to win. With his addiction to drugs and broken bones, he stopped at nothing to earn his title as the "Enforcer". By protecting his team, he ensured that they would win every championship that came their way. Even though he was being led down the wrong path, he still had the adoration of the people of Montreal. Montreal is considered the "holy city" in hockey and with their love and support he succeeded in winning the Stanley Cup. Chris Nilan did this movie shortly after being released from drug and alcohol treatment. The movie shows his recovery process and the movie gives insight behind the scenes with what the players must overcome and put aside to win for their team.

R
| 2011 | 1 hr 34 min | 7.1/10 | 61/100
Cast
Donald Brashear, Lyndon Byers, Guy Carbonneau, Don Cherry
Director
Alex Gibney
Language
English
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