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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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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 Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Slap Shot See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Québec (Canada), the movie has reached cult status because it was dubbed in a very "colorful" vernacular Québec French, including, not unlike the original English track, lots of swearing and profanities. Benoît Marleau (1937-2009) was the voice of Reggie Dunlop. Other well known local talent lent their voice to other characters, including Serge Thériault ( La petite vie (1993) ), Denise Filiatrault, Véronique Le Flaguais and Jean-Louis Millette. Yvan Ponton ( Lance et compte (1986) ) also has a part in the movie. See more »

Goofs

During Ned's striptease during the championship game, the band members are clapping when seen in the long shots, but their music is still playing. See more »

Quotes

Reggie Dunlop: Hey Hanrahan! Hanrahan! Hanrahan - Suzanne sucks pussy! Hey Hanrahan she's a dyke! I know, I know! She's a lesbian, a lesbian, a lesbian!
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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 Mike & Mike: Episode dated 23 September 2016 (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Stripper
(uncredited)
Music by David Rose
(c) David Rose Publishing Co.
Warner/Chappell Limited
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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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