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

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Release Date:
25 February 1977 (USA) See more »
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Slap Shot out slaps... out swears... out laughs... See more »
Plot:
A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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The ultimate hockey film, a resounding success as both drama and comedy See more (135 total) »

Cast

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Paul Newman ... Reggie 'Reg' Dunlop

Strother Martin ... Joe McGrath

Michael Ontkean ... Ned Braden

Jennifer Warren ... Francine Dunlop

Lindsay Crouse ... Lily Braden

Jerry Houser ... Dave 'Killer' Carlson
Andrew Duncan ... Jim Carr
Jeff Carlson ... Jeff Hanson
Steve Carlson ... Steve Hanson
David Hanson ... Jack Hanson
Yvon Barrette ... Denis Lemieux
Allan F. Nicholls ... Johnny Upton (as Allan Nicholls)
Brad Sullivan ... Morris 'Mo' Wanchuk

Stephen Mendillo ... Jim Ahern
Yvan Ponton ... Jean-Guy Drouin

Matthew Cowles ... Charlie Kischel

Kathryn Walker ... Anita McCambridge

Melinda Dillon ... Suzanne Hanrahan

M. Emmet Walsh ... Dickie Dunn

Swoosie Kurtz ... Shirley Upton
Paul D'Amato ... Tim 'Dr. Hook' McCracken
Ronald L. Docken ... Yvon Lebrun
Guido Tenesi ... Billy Charlebois
Jean Rosario Tetreault ... Andre Bergeron

Christopher Murney ... Tommy Hanrahan
Myron Odegaard ... Final Game Referee
Ned Dowd ... Ogie Ogilthorpe
Gracie Head ... Pam
Nancy N. Dowd ... Andrea
Barbara L. Shorts ... Bluebird
Larry Block ... Peterboro Referee

Paul Dooley ... Hyannisport Announcer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Janet Arters ... Sparkle Twin (uncredited)
Louise Arters ... Sparkle Twin (uncredited)
Blake Ball ... Gilmore Tuttle (uncredited)
Reg Bechtold ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Danny Belisle ... Syracuse Bulldog Player (uncredited)
Bruce Boudreau ... Hockey Player #7 (uncredited)
Mark Bousquet ... Andre 'Poodle' Lussier (uncredited)
Allison Caine ... Additional Voice (voice) (uncredited)

Stephen Dowling ... Referee (uncredited)
Woody Espy ... The Stick Boy (uncredited)

Lucy Lee Flippin ... Game Show Contestant (uncredited)
John Gofton ... Nick Brophy (uncredited)
Galen Head ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Bruce Kent ... Stick Boy (uncredited)
Reggie Krezanski ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Louis Levasseur ... Goalie (uncredited)
Connie Madigan ... Ross 'Mad Dog' Madison (uncredited)

Macon McCalman ... Soap Opera patient (uncredited)
Ted McCaskill ... Hockey Player (uncredited)
Jon McClintock ... TV Reporter (uncredited)
Mickey McQuillan ... Dickie Dunn's son (uncredited)
Susan Kendall Newman ... Pharmacist (uncredited)
Joe Nolan ... Clarence 'Screaming Buffalo' Swamptown (uncredited)
Dick Roberge ... Referee Ecker (uncredited)
Ray Schultz ... Syracuse Bulldog player (uncredited)
Ross Smith ... Barclay Donaldson (uncredited)
Cliff Thompson ... Walt Comisky (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Roy Hill 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nancy Dowd 

Produced by
Robert Crawford Jr. .... associate producer (as Robert L. Crawford)
Stephen J. Friedman .... producer (as Stephen Friedman)
Robert J. Wunsch .... producer
Patrick Kelley .... co-executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper  (as Vic Kemper)
 
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
 
Art Direction by
Henry Bumstead 
 
Set Decoration by
James W. Payne  (as James Payne)
 
Costume Design by
Tom Bronson 
 
Makeup Department
Stephen Abrums .... makeup artist (as Steve Abrums)
Lorraine Roberson .... hair stylist
Rick Sharp .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Arthur S. Newman Jr. .... unit production manager (as Arthur Newman)
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... unit production manager (as Wallace Worsley)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Burrell .... second assistant director
Wayne A. Farlow .... second assistant director (as Wayne Farlow)
Tom Joyner .... first assistant director
James A. Westman .... first assistant director (as James Westman)
 
Art Department
Thomas L. Roysden .... leadman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Peter Berkos .... sound editor
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound
Don Sharpless .... sound
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Earl Madery .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Dennis C. Salcedo .... optical sound recordist (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ned Dowd .... stunt coordinator
Rod Bloomfield .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Brown .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob Rose .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
David Howe .... associate film editor
 
Music Department
Elmer Bernstein .... music supervisor
Gerald Tueber .... music editor (as Jerry Teuber)
 
Other crew
Marion Dougherty .... talent coordinator
Ned Dowd .... technical advisor
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor
Raechel Donahue .... voice artist (uncredited)
Sue Dwiggins .... production secretary (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
John Mitchell .... special thanks
 
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Runtime:
123 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Peter Strauss auditioned to play a role in Slap Shot (1977) but broke his leg whilst skating in the audition. He later appeared on "The Tonight Show" (1962) with his leg in a cast to lament his plight, and marvelled that the much older Paul Newman skated rings around him without so much as a scratch.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the Chiefs come back to the locker room between periods during the championship game, the Chiefs' goalie begins yelling, but his lips are not moving.See more »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
A LITTLE BIT SOUTH OF SASKATOONSee more »

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The ultimate hockey film, a resounding success as both drama and comedy, 13 June 2009
Author: ametaphysicalshark from prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com

Despite a dismissive response from critics on release, "Slap Shot" has become THE hockey film everyone knows and loves, and it's easy to see why. It's also easy to understand its initial reception. The film is perhaps excessively profane, it doesn't really seem so today but taken in the context of the time one could easily see it as straining for shock value. Paul Newman's least classy role for sure, and George Roy Hill had made some big movies before this one.

Of course there are still plenty of people who accuse this of being vulgar, crass, cartoony trash. The comedy is, sure. But it's also good at being what it is in that regard. Kevin Smith is making a hockey movie about the goon era of hockey based on the Warren Zevon song "Hit Somebody!". If that isn't a rehash of "Slap Shot" I'll eat my hat. The humor is pretty much exactly Smith's style. I expect far more sentimentality from him than "Slap Shot" offers, though. Still, it's GOOD lowbrow humor, with the occasional clever bit that keeps it afloat. Incredibly sharp, memorable dialogue as well.

But what really sets "Slap Shot" apart from most sports flicks to me isn't the comedy, it's the drama. The characters are convincingly-drawn, even the ones which exist purely for comic relief. Nancy Dowd was a good writer and George Roy Hill was a great director. Together they found a perfect balance. Sure, you can watch this movie and laugh and get wasted with your buddies after a hockey game one night, but there's so much more to it. I find it works remarkably well as an examination of the society and community which the sport creates, and which lives around it. The portrayal of marital strife and a town in the midst of economic meltdown is tremendously affecting, the character's relationships and Reggie's story being the film's greatest achievement.

It's also a great examination of hockey, a sophisticated debate over what hockey is or should be. A recent survey found 99.5% of NHL players were in favor of keeping fighting in the game, but that's to the extent that it exists today. How many would want the goon era back? There are still people who 'watch hockey for the fights', "Slap Shot" seems to acknowledge that the goon era reduced hockey to nothing more than a freakshow. The WWE on ice. Don't get me wrong, I'll jump out of my seat with the rest of the crowd if a fight breaks out, but never have cared for hockey as played during the 70's in the US, with violence as the main attraction. The movie does away with the verbal arguments about the nobility of the sport for a comic finale, but even that makes its point quite clear. The very last scene of the film, the ambiguous ending, is even greater.

Great director, great cast, great writing. That's the recipe for a great movie. "Slap Shot" most certainly is one. Gene Siskel's biggest regret as a film critic was giving this a mediocre review on release, as he came to absolutely adore the film on repeat viewings. I think it's easy to mistake this for just another sports comedy, but there's so much more to it, and if you can't see that... well, I feel sorry for you, but to each their own.

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