Slap Shot

Released 1977


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George Roy Hill , George Roy Hill
Slap Shot is a 1977 sports comedy written by Nancy Dowd and directed by George Roy Hill. The Charleston Chiefs are a struggling minor league hockey team in an industrial city experiencing economic hardship. The team is dead last in the Federal League, it is staffed by players who would prefer to be autoworkers and faces bankruptcy. The team's coach and most veteran player Reg Dunlop (Paul Newman) tries to keep the team operating in spite of apathetic owners and declining attendance. When the half-crazed Hanson Brothers (Jeff & Steve Carlson, David Hanson), are hired the team's fortune takes a turn for the better. It turns out in hockey, winning is not the draw, violence is. As the Hanson brother's unique brand of ultra-aggressive playing starts to draw more fans, the team gets a boost in confidence and begins to win games. The winning streak then becomes a rallying point for the community after it receives news that the local mill will close. However, as revenues increase it becomes clear that the team's owners have other plans. Dunlop then devises his own plan to save the team and give the community a lift in spirits, or failing that, stick it to the owners.moreless


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  • 100

    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. T...

  • 90

    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 charact...

  • 60

    Time Out London

    It's really just an old-fashioned piece of wish fulfilment, rather duplicitously dressed up in foul language and sexual references in a cynical attempt to look modern. That said, t...

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