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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francine Dunlop
Andrew Duncan ...
Jeff Carlson ...
Steve Carlson ...
David Hanson ...
Yvon Barrette ...
Denis Lemieux
Johnny Upton (as Allan Nicholls)
Brad Sullivan ...
Morris 'Mo' Wanchuk
Jim Ahern
Yvan Ponton ...
Jean-Guy Drouin


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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If this movie doesn't make you laugh, you better look up a psychiatric!! See more »


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Release Date:

25 February 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Schlappschuß  »

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$28,000,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many of the players in the game scenes (as well as the Hanson brothers) played for the Johnstown Jets, a team in the now-defunct minor-pro North American Hockey League. The Charlestown Chiefs were based on the Jets. See more »


The positioning of the sheet covering Reggie when he is in bed with Hanrahan's wife changes between shots. See more »


Denis Lemieux: I'm tired of it! Puke! Blah! All the time, puke!
Reggie Dunlop: You're a goalie, you're supposed to be like that.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 12 February 2014 (2014) See more »


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Music by David Rose
(c) David Rose Publishing Co.
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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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