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Slap Shot (1977)

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

Director:

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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Certain Language May Be Too Strong For Children See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Lily moves into Reggie's apartment, you can see a framed picture of a hockey player on the apartment wall. The player is the St. Louis Blues' Bobby Plager. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the goalie is being interviewed, he talks about going to the penalty box. Some have mistaken that he is talking about himself, as goalies never go to the penalty box, but he is in fact simply discussing the different kinds of penalties a hockey player can go into the penalty box for committing. See more »

Quotes

Reggie Dunlop: It's their rink, it's their ice, and it's their fuckin' town. But tonight we got our fans with us!
[other players cheer]
Reggie Dunlop: They spent their own dough to get here, and they came here to see us! All right, let's show 'em what we got, guys! Get out there on the ice and let 'em know you're there. Get that fuckin' stick in their side. Let 'em know you're there! Get that lumber in his teeth. Let 'em know you're there!
Ned Braden: Bleed all over 'em. Let 'em know you're there.
Reggie Dunlop: Give 'em a good warm-up, Denis. Come on...
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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

Referenced in Deep Roots (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

A Little Bit South of Saskatoon
Performed by Sonny James
Columbia Records
Written by Sonny James (uncredited)
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Raunchy, Rowdy, Profane, and Sidesplitting!!
23 June 1999 | by G-Man-25See all my reviews

This one belongs on the list of the greatest sports comedies ever made. The humor (and the language) is some of the saltiest you'll hear in a movie but it doesn't seem excessive at all. This tale of a minor-league hockey team having one last go at greatness is boisterous and bruisingly funny, even if you don't care for the sport itself. As the aging captain of the team who's constantly amazed at the crazy happenings around him , Newman is at his roguish, charming best. Rent it with "The Longest Yard" for a perfect double-bill. A four-star **** classic.


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