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

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Francine Dunlop
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Jeff Carlson ...
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David Hanson ...
Yvon Barrette ...
Denis Lemieux
Allan F. Nicholls ...
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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If this movie doesn't make you laugh, you better look up a psychiatric!! See more »

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25 February 1977 (USA)  »

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$28,000,000 (USA)
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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 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 is trying to get his pre-game nap]
McGrath: Are you nuts? A bounty? We could all end up in the clinker for this. You can't put a bounty on a man's head.
Reggie Dunlop: Bullshit. I just did.
[Hangs up, Phone rings again]
Dave 'Killer' Carlson: Coach, I want that hundred dollars.
Reggie Dunlop: Ya gotta earn it, Killer.
Dave 'Killer' Carlson: My attitude's right.
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Special thanks to John Mitchell and his Johnstown Jets. See more »

Connections

Followed by Slap Shot 3: The Junior League (2008) See more »

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Performed by Fleetwood Mac
Reprise Records
Written by Christine McVie (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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