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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

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where the referee was told to listen to the song, the red white & blue jersey belongs to Former WHA referee Ron Fournier. The production company personally called him to get the jersey but it was after a phone call to the league's front office that he accepted. He removed his name on the back but kept his number on it. See more »

Goofs

Ned Braden performs a striptease during the championship game fight. We see that his underwear is a "union suit" - a one piece outfit with short sleeves and short legs that buttons down the front and has a flap in the buttocks region. However, after he sits atop a goal net, somehow he has removed that article of clothing without removing the jockstrap which he was wearing over the union suit. See more »

Quotes

Jim Carr: Well I may be bald, but at least I'm not chickenshit like you!
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Followed by Slap Shot 3: The Junior League (2008) See more »

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A Little Bit South of Saskatoon
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Written by Sonny James (uncredited)
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Old-time hockey at its finest!!
25 January 2000 | by adamshameSee all my reviews

I remember the first time I saw SLAP SHOT; I laughed so hard that I thought I was going to puke. The best thing about this movie is that all the banter between the players, the attitudes, and the jokes are ALL TRUE! I worked in the locker rooms for a minor-league hockey team and I saw every character in this movie: the aging veterans, the eccentric goalie, the lazy pretty-boy, the young players looking for a chance, etc. It is so true to life and accurate, moreso than any other sports related movie out there. And having all the actors do their own skating is a big plus also. I really can't find a fault with this flick.

And for my most favorite part of the movie? No question it is Moe Wanchuck! I have yet to find a character in any movie that everytime he open's his mouth, I go into hysterics. Along with Chunk from THE GOONIES and The Dude from THE BIG LEBOWSKI, Moe is up there towards the top of my list of favorite characters in any movie I have ever seen.

You know you have a classic film when the topic of SLAP SHOT comes up with your friends, or even people you have just met, and you spend hours reciting all your favorite quotes, trying to out-do each other. Do yourself a favor and see this movie so you can be part of the fun!


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