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Slap Shot (1977)

A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games.

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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Sport

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25 February 1977 (USA)  »

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Nancy Dowd wrote the script because her brother, Ned Dowd, was a professional hockey player. He also has a part in the movie, as well as being stunt coordinator and technical advisor. See more »

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When Dunlop takes the Hansons to the hotel, he tells them that the team is on the road at 8:00 a.m. However, when the bus leaves, it is clearly at nighttime. See more »

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Reggie Dunlop: They convicted Ogilthorpe!
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Special thanks to John Mitchell and his Johnstown Jets. See more »

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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »

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SAY YOU LOVE ME
Performed by Fleetwood Mac
Reprise Records
Written by Christine McVie (uncredited)
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Gonzo Hockey
18 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

One of the knocks that has always been given to Paul Newman was that he was not right for comedy. When you're talking about stuff like A New Kind of Love or Rally Round the Flag Boys that's probably true. But Slapshot shows that what Paul Newman needed to be good for comedy was something not quite so sophisticated.

Slapshot ain't Oscar Wilde, but it's not quite to the level of the Police Academy movies. It's just right for Paul Newman as the veteran player/coach with a team of misfits from one of hockey's minor leagues who's forever looking for a break from the majors.

The Charlestown Chiefs who seem to be the hockey equivalent of the New York Mets are having a perennial losing season. The town itself is one flush away from despondency with a mill that was the main employer in the town shutting down. That means the paltry attendance the Chiefs already have will diminish more. It's an uncertain future.

So with nothing to lose, Newman's boys turn the sport into a hockey facsimile of the World Wrestling Federation. In no other sport are fights among the players so accepted. But Newman ratchets it up to an exponential level.

And his team actually starts to win and the Charlestown Chiefs become a gate attraction.

There's a lot more to the resolution of the team's problems, but that championship game is unforgettable.

All Hail the Brothers Hanson.


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