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Slap Shot (1977)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sport  |  25 February 1977 (USA)
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A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games.

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Denis Lemieux
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Johnny Upton (as Allan Nicholls)
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Morris 'Mo' Wanchuk
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Jim Ahern
Yvan Ponton ...
Jean-Guy Drouin
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Located in the US Rust Belt, Charlestown is home of the hapless Chiefs, a losing Federal League hockey team whose games are poorly attended. To make money, the team's unknown owner makes its manager, Joe McGrath, do cheesy publicity much to the players' chagrin. Rumors abound among the players that if the local mill closes, the team will fold. Just before the official announcement is made, the team's aging player/coach, Reggie Dunlop, does get wind that the mill is indeed closing and that this season will be the team's last. Beyond efforts to reconcile with his wife Francine, who loves Reggie but doesn't love his career, Reggie begins to focus on how to renew interest in the team for a possible sale as he knows if the team folds, his hockey career is over. Without telling anyone of his plan, he begins a rumor that the owner is negotiating a sale with a city in Florida. He also decides that "goon" hockey - most especially using the untapped talents of the recently acquired childlike ... Written by Huggo

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25 February 1977 (USA)  »

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$28,000,000 (USA)
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The Chiefs' bus driver was played by Cliff Thompson. Thompson was the bus driver for the Johnstown Jets, the real hockey team that the Chiefs are based on. See more »

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In the scene where the goalie is being interviewed, he illustrates various penalties with his stick. What he refers to as "spearing" is really the penalty "butt-ending". Spearing involves jabbing with the blade of the stick, butt-handing is jabbing with the handle (knob) end of the stick. See more »

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Reggie Dunlop: And remember I went up to your room afterwards and you were dressed in chick's clothes? Yeah, you had on this black bra with tassels! You were dancing in front of a mirror with this kinda zebra skin jockstrap.
McGrath: Bitch!
Reggie Dunlop: Remember how I screamed at you when you started coming on to me? And I just said 'Jesus stop it Joe, I'm ashamed of you!'
McGrath: Goddamn you.
Reggie Dunlop: I wanted to tell you I forgot the whole thing. Years have passed, now I'm sexually liberated. I don't care who's a fag no more. I mean who cares? ...
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Special thanks to John Mitchell and his Johnstown Jets. See more »

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SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD
Performed by Elton John
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Pure Comedy from start to finish
13 June 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

C'mon, this is pure comedy. No breaks, no lull parts just funny all the way through with the appropriate cheesy 70's soundtrack. This movie not being in AFI's top 100 comedy films is a travesty. If they want a period piece this was it. They sighted Fast Times, it just stands to reason that Slap Shot should fall into the listing. The Hanson's deserve special consideration. The casting is perfect


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