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E54: Joshua Riehl, Director of “The Russian Five” Movie About the Detroit Red Wings

July 21, 2020

Interview with Joshua Riehl, director of "The Russian Five" of the Detroit Red Wings and how they won the Stanley Cup.


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Author and speaker, Michael Angelo Caruso, interviewed Joshua Riehl, director of "The Russian Five," on the "Talk to Me" podcast.


The movie features five Russian hockey players: Viacheslav Fetisov, Igor Larionov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Sergei Federov and Vyacheslav Koslov and their remarkable story of espionage, defection, bribery and courage.


In the late 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings worked to finally break their decades long Stanley Cup drought by extracting players from the Soviet Union, and in the process, changed the way North American hockey is played.


It took Joshua seven years to direct this movie. Keith Gave, author of the book, "The Russian Five," also served as a co-producer of the movie, along with Jenny Feterovich and Steve Bannatyne. Wayne Kramer of the MC5 did the music score.


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