In 2004, just a year after the death of Herb Brooks, the movie "Miracle" was released in theaters throughout the world. Actor Kurt Russell portrays Brooks in the movie, which chronicles the story of the 1980 Olympic team and their quest for gold, specifically their battle against the undefeated Soviet team. For a country in the midst of the Cold War, victory against the USSR was seen as a national symbol. However, even though the event itself was surrounded with patriotic fervor, Miracle never becomes a patriotic or political film. First and foremost, "Miracle" is a hockey movie and one well worth seeing (Tyler). This is interestingly representative of Brooks' sentiment after the 1980 Olympics: "I think our way of life is best, but we don't have to prove it's better through a hockey game. I think the players realize that and keep things in perspective. I've told them that athletics is a very small part of the world," (Calio). The movie shows the excellence of Coach Brooks, as he pushed his players too their limits. After seeing the film, some may think Brooks was too hard on his team, but the result was gold medal that changed the face of American hockey forever.