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Jennifer Warren ...
Francine Dunlop
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Andrew Duncan ...
Jeff Carlson ...
Steve Carlson ...
David Hanson ...
Yvon Barrette ...
Denis Lemieux
Allan F. Nicholls ...
Johnny Upton (as Allan Nicholls)
Brad Sullivan ...
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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The referees in the game scenes wear red-striped jerseys instead of black, as was done in the now-defunct World Hockey Association. 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

[referee skates over to Steve Carlson during the playing of the National Anthem]
Peterboro Referee: I got my eye on the three of you. You pull one thing, you're out of this game. I run a clean game here. I have any trouble here, I'll suspend ya.
Steve Hanson: I'm listening to the fucking song!
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Special thanks to John Mitchell and his Johnstown Jets. See more »


Soundtracks

SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD
Performed by Elton John
MCA/Rocket Records
Written by Elton John (uncredited)
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Pure Comedy from start to finish
13 June 2000 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

C'mon, this is pure comedy. No breaks, no lull parts just funny all the way through with the appropriate cheesy 70's soundtrack. This movie not being in AFI's top 100 comedy films is a travesty. If they want a period piece this was it. They sighted Fast Times, it just stands to reason that Slap Shot should fall into the listing. The Hanson's deserve special consideration. The casting is perfect


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