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Slap Shot -- Paul Newman is the coach of the Chiefs, a third-rate, minor league hockey team. To build up attendance at their games, management signs up three odd-looking players whose job it is to literally attack and demolish opposition to the delight and cheers of a steadily increasing throng of fans.
Slap Shot -- A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games.


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25 February 1977 (USA) See more »
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A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Joseph Oliveira ... Spectator (uncredited)
Dick Roberge ... Referee Ecker (uncredited)
Ray Schultz ... Syracuse Bulldog player (uncredited)
David Shurin ... Heckler with Orange Sign (uncredited)
Billy Simpson ... Boy on Street (voice) (uncredited)
Ross Smith ... Barclay Donaldson (uncredited)
Cliff Thompson ... Walt Comisky (uncredited)

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)
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)
Elmer Bernstein .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
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)
John Mitchell .... special thanks
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123 min
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Nancy Dowd originally intended the film to be a documentary. George Roy Hill convinced her that it would be better served as a feature length-comedy.See more »
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 »
Gilmore Tuttle:We'll straighten you out, you little prick!See more »
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37 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Like a @#$% time machine back to the 70s, 11 March 2006
Author: defdewd from United States

I grew up in south 'jersey when the Flyers were still the Broad Street Bullies and all lived on our side of the Walt Whitman Bridge. They had handlebar mustaches. Many spoke with thick French-Canadian accents and wore wide ties, jackets with lapels you could park a truck on, and more than the occasional leisure suit. Many were just kids when they were pulled from the farmlands of the North and found themselves in the middle of suburbia by day, and at night, playing "Old-time hockey" while the chanting and organ music echoed to the rafters. Now whether you played pro hockey like they did, or were on the semi-pro Johnstown Jets that inspired the crew here, there seems to be a prototype player who played a certain style of game for the rest of us to watch. Sadly, that era is long gone. Marketers and big business have left the game in smoldering ruins. But we still have Slapshot. It perfectly captures what the game used to be and the guys who used to play it. Paul Newman is incredible as Reggie Dunlop, the aging player-coach who seems to be the last guy to figure out his team is on the verge of folding. The fictional town has hit the skids so that means no more hockey team. But instead of going out with a whimper, Dunlop has a scheme to get his crappy team back in the standings and the fans in the stands. And as the plot develops there's locker-room talk that would make even today's teenagers shut up and take notes. Nancy Dowd's story, which she wrote after seeing her brother Ned play in the minors during his career (and parody in the movie as Ogie Oglethorpe) translates into a total classic. The raw banter between Newman and his GM, between the players -- literally all through the movie -- makes for the most quotable flick I know...but I have to be so careful where I can recite my favorites. One such place was out on the fishing boat of a hall-of-famer from the old Flyers. (It's rumored one of the characters in the movie was modeled directly from HIM.) Slapshot brought even this guy to his knees with hysterics. Just rehashing a few quotes from the movie triggered his REAL stories of his own team that won the Cup two years in a row, and then never again since. That's how well the movie tells the story of hockey. There's a lot of social commentary here, too, if you are into such a thing. Lots on relationships, male bonding, machismo and the like. Some of the subplots take the story off the ice for too long, and the movie tends to drag in spots, admittedly. But when play is on, the brutal scenes reach such a sublime level of violence all you can do is gape and laugh in astonishment. The players here have all become like Reggie himself: They don't seem to notice that they've gone too far and they are creating a goonathon just to fill arenas. Meanwhile, those with real talent get benched right along with the national anthem. It's pretty clear -- both on the screen and during the times when the movie was being made -- that Old Time Hockey was on its way out. But it didn't go with a whimper, either, and at least Slapshot was there to give it a send-off to remember.

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