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Slap Shot (1977)

A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games.

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Francine
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Steve Carlson ...
David Hanson ...
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Denis
Allan F. Nicholls ...
Upton (as Allan Nicholls)
Brad Sullivan ...
Wanchuk
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Jim Ahern
Yvan Ponton ...
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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Slap Shot out slaps... out swears... out laughs... See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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R | See all certifications »

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25 February 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Schlappschuß  »

Box Office

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$28,000,000 (USA)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Reggie's apartment in this movie is the actual, real life apartment of Bruce Boudreau, who, at the time, played for the Johnstown Jets, the team the Chiefs were modeled on. See more »

Goofs

During Ned's striptease during the championship game, the band members are clapping when seen in the long shots, but their music is still playing. See more »

Quotes

Reggie Dunlop: How's it going, Nick?
Nick Brophy # 8 Hyannisport Presidents: I'm drunk.
Reggie Dunlop: Nah!
Nick Brophy # 8 Hyannisport Presidents: I'm not bullshittin' ya. Got stinkin' shitfaced on the bus. Louise left me, and that son of a bitch over there keeps playin' me when he knows I'm shitfaced.
Reggie Dunlop: Jeez, I'm really sorry.
Nick Brophy # 8 Hyannisport Presidents: Anybody throws me against the boards, I'm gonna piss all over myself.
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to John Mitchell and his Johnstown Jets. See more »

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Referenced in Freak Talks About Sex (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

A LITTLE BIT SOUTH OF SASKATOON
Performed by Sonny James
Columbia Records
Written by Sonny James (uncredited)
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Raunchy, Rowdy, Profane, and Sidesplitting!!
23 June 1999 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

This one belongs on the list of the greatest sports comedies ever made. The humor (and the language) is some of the saltiest you'll hear in a movie but it doesn't seem excessive at all. This tale of a minor-league hockey team having one last go at greatness is boisterous and bruisingly funny, even if you don't care for the sport itself. As the aging captain of the team who's constantly amazed at the crazy happenings around him , Newman is at his roguish, charming best. Rent it with "The Longest Yard" for a perfect double-bill. A four-star **** classic.


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