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

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writer:

Nancy Dowd
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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you'll see Paul Newman doing things you'd never expect him to do... saying things you'd never expect him to say! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schlappschuß 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

Susan Kendall Newman, who appears briefly as a drug store clerk and is later seen in the stands at one of the games, is Paul Newman's daughter. See more »

Goofs

When the Hansons first take the ice, the drink can on Jim Carr's (announcer) desk changes from Fanta to Coca Cola and back again several times. See more »

Quotes

Reggie Dunlop: You know, your son looks like a fag to me.
Anita McCambridge: I beg your pardon?
Reggie Dunlop: You better get re-married again, or he's gonna have someone's cock in his mouth before you can say Jack Robinson.
Anita McCambridge: How dare you! How dare you!
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to John Mitchell and his Johnstown Jets. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Whip It (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

A Little Bit South of Saskatoon
Performed by Sonny James
Columbia Records
Written by Sonny James (uncredited)
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My favorite sports movie
16 September 1999 | by Boyo-2See all my reviews

I liked this movie when I first saw it over twenty years ago, and its still great! The swinging 70's get perfectly captured, by the music, hair styles and especially the awful clothes. All the actors do their own skating, so you aren't distracted looking for body doubles the entire movie. The screenplay is priceless and if anyone thinks its sexist - a woman wrote this movie! This is the only hockey movie worth anything - hopefully "Mystery, Alaska" can join it.


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