General Information

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Released Year: 1977
Runtime: 123 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Directors: George Roy Hill
Writers: Nancy Dowd
Casts: Michael Ontkean, Melinda Dillon, Paul Newman, M. Emmet Walsh, Strother Martin, Swoosie Kurtz, Stephen Mendillo, Lindsay Crouse, Matthew Cowles, Jerry Houser, Brad Sullivan, Allan F. Nicholls, Jennifer Warren, Jeff Carlson, Steve Carlson, David Hanson, Yvon Barrette, Yvan Ponton, Kathryn Walker
IMDB: Slap Shot (1977) - IMDB

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Rolling Stone -
Rowdy, raunchy, hilarious, absurd, deeply depressing and profoundly human – often all at the same time – Slap Shot is refreshingly devoid of phony uplift or showy monologues. There's no jerking of tears or pulling of heartstrings, no big lessons to be learned beyond the harsh reminder that sports is a business; the passion of its fans and the heroics of its players are ultimately less important than the clang of the cash register. It's the rare combination of both team-spirit uplift and period-appropriate downer.
The New York Times - Vincent Canby
The performances—which have a lot to do with the right casting, particularly in the smaller roles—are impeccable. Paul Newman maintains an easy balance between star and character-actor. The leading-man authority is there, but it's given comic perspective by the intensity of the character and by its tackiness, evident even in the clothes he wears.
TV Guide Magazine -
The on-ice violence is hyperreal, the emotions believable, and the laughs plentiful in this slightly off-the-wall comedy.
Variety -
Like the character played by Paul Newman in Slap Shot, director George Roy Hill is ambivalent on the subject of violence in professional ice hockey. Half the time Hill invites the audience to get off on the mayhem, the other half of the time he decries it.

Slap Shot (1977)

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 ...