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Slap Shot (1977)

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A failing ice hockey team finds success with outrageously violent hockey goonery.

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George Roy Hill

Writer:

Nancy Dowd
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Reggie
Strother Martin ... McGrath
Michael Ontkean ... Ned Braden
Jennifer Warren ... Francine
Lindsay Crouse ... Lily
Jerry Houser ... Killer Carlson
Andrew Duncan ... Jim Carr
Jeff Carlson ... Jeff Hanson
Steve Carlson ... Steve Hanson
David Hanson ... Jack Hanson
Yvon Barrette ... Denis
Allan F. Nicholls ... Upton (as Allan Nicholls)
Brad Sullivan ... Wanchuk
Stephen Mendillo ... Jim Ahern
Yvan Ponton ... Drouin
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slap Shot See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$28,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,000,000
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to David Hanson (during a Q&A on his 2008 book tour) much of the Hanson brothers' on screen antics were unscripted and improvised on the set. For example the toys in the hotel room were the Carlson brothers' own. See more »

Goofs

Through out the course of the movie, Reggie Dunlop has the team, the media, and the public duped into believing that the team is being sold to a retirement community in Florida. However, at no time does Joe McGrath, who, as G.M. of the team, has a working relationship with the owner, ever make a public comment, or stop Reggie Dunlop from perpetrating the lie. Nor does anyone know who the owner is until Dunlop blackmails him into getting the owner's name. At some point prior, the media had to know who the owner was, certainly the names of the ownership group would have been in the team's program and media guide. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Upton: [On watching the Hanson Brothers and their unsportsmanlike play] These guys are a fucking disgrace!
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Special thanks to John Mitchell and his Johnstown Jets. See more »

Alternate Versions

The VHS and laserdisc version replaced Maxine Nightingale's recording of "Right Back Where We Started From" on the soundtrack. The DVD and TV versions retain the song. See more »

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Funny, cynical and irreverent.
27 September 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Paul Newman is the coach of third rate failing minor league hockey team, The Charlestown Chiefs. The town is hit hard by unemployment and this appears to be the Chiefs' last season, however, if the coach can whip up the team up into a winning frenzy, then the unknown owner might just find a buyer and save all their carers? The management bring in three odd looking brothers who, once unleashed, take the whole team on a blood thirsty winning streak right to the championship final. The crowds flock in thirsting for more blood, but then the problems start to arise.

Slap Shot is a tremendously funny film, it's also incredibly violent and often vulgar in dialogue, but be sure to know that both things go hand in hand here (or should it be glove in glove?) to create one of the smartest sports pictures in the modern age. The hockey sequences are excellent (especially to a non fan like me), and the script bristles with course and biting humour. Slap Shot on its initial release was frowned upon by many critics, it was considered too profane and overly harsh with the win at all costs theme driving it forward. However, it's now rightly embraced as the smart and intelligent piece that director George Roy Hill wanted it to be seen as. A new generation of movie fans have started to seek it out and its reputation and fan base grows ever more larger by the year.

Newman was a bona fide star, his hair silver grey but his good looks still firmly intact, his performance has a grace about it that oddly sits nicely amongst this cynical stab at professional hockey; even if his characters' clothes are, in truth, icky. It would be a big disservice if I didn't mention the impact of the Hanson Brothers, surely one of the finest combinations to have ever graced a sports movie? They are at once unassumingly likable, the next gleefully violent, they are the glue that binds the whole picture together. Film is filled out with sparkling support work from the likes of Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean, Jennifer Warren, Lindsay Crouse and Jerry Houser.

Not long after originally writing this review, the legend that was Paul Newman sadly passed away, he left behind a movie legacy that few can touch, and trust me, this is one of them. A sports movie that never gets old and continues to pay off on repeat viewings. 8.5/10


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