‘Red Penguins’ Plays Russian Hockey on Digital August 4

A Documentary By Gabriel Polsky

Available On Digital And On Demand August 4th

“Beer-serving bears, stripping cheerleaders, and hockey is a match made in hell. Gabe Polsky unpacks an incredibly weird tale.” – Mack Lamoureaux, Vice

“A remarkable — and funny — documentary that seems ripe for entry into this year’s documentary feature [Oscar] race.” – Pete Hammond, Deadline

“Utterly stuffed with memorable stories and unforgettable people.” – Christopher Schobert, The Playlist

“One of the most bizarre stories of the post-Cold War era.” – Ed Meza, Variety

“In an era in which the collision of Russian and American interests is never far from the headlines, a weird little story about one crazy time those interests collided might even teach us a thing or two.” – Steve Pond, The Wrap


Detailing an incredible true story involving gangsters, strippers, and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink, Red Penguins tells the wild forgotten true story of capitalism and opportunism run amok in Moscow. Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the famed Red Army hockey team formed a joint venture that redefined what was possible in the new Russia. Eccentric marketing whiz, Steve Warshaw, is sent to Moscow and tasked to transform the team into the greatest show in Russia, attracting some of the biggest names in Hollywood and advertising along the way. He takes the viewer on a bizarre journey highlighting a pivotal moment in U.S.-Russian relations during a lawless era when oligarchs made their fortunes and multiple murders went unsolved.

Total Run Time: 80 min   Language: English, Russian   Country: USA

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