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
Jean Rosario Tetreault lied his way into the movie. When George Roy Hill asked all the actors to come the next day for the first scenes, he showed up and when he was asked who he was, his response was that they called him to be there. George even wrote a scene especially for Jean. When George saw Jean remove his dentures before a game, he immediately wrote the locker room scene into the script. See more »
Johnnys helmet of the Cheifs changes from a Northland style, made famous by NHL great Stan Mikita, to a style of a model Cooper 600. Hockey players aren't known to swich to different essential equipment. See more »
[dressed up for a fashion show]
I look like some cock-sucking faggot in this thing...
Have you seen Reg or Braden?
Joe, I don't care man. Enough is enough. Nowhere in my contract does it say I gotta make a fool out of myself, am I right? Hey?
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Special thanks to John Mitchell and his Johnstown Jets. See more »
C'mon, this is pure comedy. No breaks, no lull parts just funny all the way through with the appropriate cheesy 70's soundtrack. This movie not being in AFI's top 100 comedy films is a travesty. If they want a period piece this was it. They sighted Fast Times, it just stands to reason that Slap Shot should fall into the listing. The Hanson's deserve special consideration. The casting is perfect
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