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
Steve Carlson became the Head Coach of the Johnstown Chiefs East Coast Hockey League Team in 1988 until 1992. The Chiefs played their home games in the Johnstown War Memorial arena where the movie was filmed. The Chiefs franchise played their home games in the same arena from their founding in 1988 until 2010, having since moved to Greenville, South Carolina. Beginning with the 2010-2011 season, the ECHL's Wheeling (West Virginia) Nailers, a former Chiefs' rival, will play 10 of their 36 home games at the War Memorial arena. The War Memorial is now home to the Johnstown Tomahawks of the North American Hockey League (NHL). See more »
Just after the wives discuss the "Great Ideas of the World" set, Jean-Guy Drouin chases a player behind the net and when they come out the other side, a director in skates and a couple members of his crew can be seen on the ice in the corner of the rink. See more »
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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