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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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Denis
Allan F. Nicholls ...
Upton (as Allan Nicholls)
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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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If this movie doesn't make you laugh, you better look up a psychiatric!! 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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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Championship Trophy presented at the end of the movie was, in reality, the Lockhart Cup, which was representative of the North American Hockey League championship. To this day, it sits in the basement recreation room of Danny Belisle, where it has become a flower pot. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequences introducing the players, Ned Braden can be seen wearing blue gloves as he stands by the boards. When he skates out for the introduction, he is wearing old brown gloves. When the next player is introduced, he can be seen wearing new matching blue gloves again. See more »

Quotes

Tim McCracken: They don't call me Dr. Hook for nothin'.
Jeff Hanson: How ya doin'?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Remade as Slap Shot See more »

Soundtracks

YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE DANCING
Performed by Leo Sayer
Warner Bros. Records
Written by Leo Sayer (uncredited) and Vini Poncia (uncredited)
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My favorite sports movie
16 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

I liked this movie when I first saw it over twenty years ago, and its still great! The swinging 70's get perfectly captured, by the music, hair styles and especially the awful clothes. All the actors do their own skating, so you aren't distracted looking for body doubles the entire movie. The screenplay is priceless and if anyone thinks its sexist - a woman wrote this movie! This is the only hockey movie worth anything - hopefully "Mystery, Alaska" can join it.


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