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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 »
Awards:
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Hilarious, oddly influential dark sports comedy See more (134 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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In 1992, Steve Carlson became the real-life head coach of the Memphis Riverkings, a Central Hockey League team.See more »
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Plot holes: A major plot point of Slap Shot is that the Chiefs are drawing almost nobody to their games, but the Hansons draw them in with their style of play when they start in games later on. However, during the game when the Hansons are allowed to play for the first time, the arena is full of screaming fans who cheer every move by the Hansons.See more »
Quotes:
Tim McCracken:Hundred bucks says you're gonna crack my skull.
Ned Braden:I wouldn't crack your knuckles for a hundred bucks.
Tim McCracken:So, he's bluffing.
Ned Braden:Somebody's gonna kill you, ya dumb son of a bitch, but it's not gonna be me.
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A LITTLE BIT SOUTH OF SASKATOONSee more »

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61 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Hilarious, oddly influential dark sports comedy, 27 July 2001
Author: ggh6 from Pottstown, PA

Mostly hated by critics on its release, as much for its cynical viewpoint as its relentless profanity, "Slap Shot" has since become something of a cult classic.

Set in the low-rent world of minor-league hockey, the movie follows the efforts of player-coach Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman) to turn around the Charlestown Chiefs' final, losing season in a dying Pennsylvania steel town. Reggie is not above using a dirty trick or two to manipulate his teammates or psych out opposing players, and cheerfully gets physical when he has to. Even Reggie recoils in disgust, however, when his tightwad manager (Strother Martin) brings in the Hanson Brothers, three thick-lensed, thicker-headed goons who are more interested in fighting than playing Reggie's brand of "old-time hockey".

When it becomes apparent that the hometown crowd loves the Hanson's rough and bloody style, Reggie decides to go with the flow, and to fire up his other players concocts the story that, if they can win the championship, the owner will be able to sell the franchise to a group of rich retirees in Florida. To do that, though, they will have to get past an opposing squad specially stocked with the league's most notorious goons...

A sometimes uneasy blend of slapstick and kitchen-sink realism , "Slap Shot" has some pertinent things to say about the American worship of success at all costs, and (long before the rise of the WWF) our fascination with violent sports. Echos of its gritty style can be seen not only in many later sporting films, such as "Bull Durham" and "Major League", but even in the wave of British movies in which characters fight to hold onto their lives after the collapse of hometown industry, such as "The Full Monty" and "Brassed Off".

The film really shines as a straight comedy, though, delivering some classic characters and set pieces: virtually every appearance of the Hansons; a clueless, toupee-wearing sportscaster (Andrew Duncan); the team's tiny Quebecker goalie (Yvon Barrette), and Newman himself, in one of his personal favorite roles. The females fare less well, although Jennifer Warren stands out as Dunlop's long-suffering, estranged wife.

Note: in the VHS version, the background music has been replaced by an inferior, generic soundtrack. The DVD version, with the original music, is preferable.

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