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      Slap Shot

      R Released Feb 25, 1977 2 hr. 3 min. Comedy Drama List
      85% 39 Reviews Tomatometer 88% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score In the small New England town of Charlestown, the local mill is about to lay off 10,000 workers. The town's minor league hockey team, the Charlestown Chiefs, is doing no better. After years of failure, this will be the team's last season. Exasperated player and coach Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman) lets the club's recent acquisitions, the Hanson Brothers, play. The brothers' actively violent and thuggish style of play excites the fans. Dunlop retools the team, using violence to draw big crowds. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 21 Buy Now

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      Raunchy, violent, and very funny, Slap Shot is ultimately set apart by a wonderful comic performance by Paul Newman.

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      Michael L It takes this comedy a while to build up to the actual laugh-out-loud comedy, but when it does, it's some of the funniest 3-5 minutes of comedy I've ever seen. Sadly after that, the film is back into first gear for the remainder of the film. If you like a juicy center and are patient enough to wait for it, the film is probably worth your time. Otherwise, skip this one and watch the Youtube videos of Hansen's first hockey game. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/25/24 Full Review Audience Member The only way to win is to take a slap shot The late Paul Newman stars as field hockey coach Reggie Dunlop In his New England town of Charlestown 10,000 workers are being laid off from the mill His team, the Chiefs has had a miserable season They're down to their last hopes of playing so he lets the latest players, the Hansons play A new strategy comes into focus... The brothers' actively violent and thuggish style of play excites the fans Dunlop retools the team, using violence to draw big crowds This definitely brought me back to 'Goon' starring Sean William-Scott whose hockey team also used brute force to win their games and gain support from their fans That's what made the sport so much more fun to watch With this movie yeah I'm not the biggest sports fan but they make it exciting Some pretty sweet camera angles capturing the action and some intense hand to hand fist fights Is violence killing sports, are the players just a sideshow attraction, nothing but jokes or something to brush off? Newman is awesome in this sports-comedy with its raunchy violence and hilarious take on the genre I can see why it remains one of the most popular sports films of the 1970s and it has nice touches of absurdist satirical wit hanging out along the sidelines The final showdown is intense but also outrageous in its own right of enjoyment The film matches the rough, gritty nature of the era it came out of and is thoroughly enjoyable for sports movie lovers Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/24 Full Review S R Right up there with Caddyshack as the greatest sports movies ever made. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/29/23 Full Review StephenPaul C LOL, the funniest 02 hours: and 03 minutes of ice hockey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/25/23 Full Review Ryan F "It's a great day for hockey!" - 'Badger' Bob Johnson Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/12/23 Full Review Audience Member The only way to win is to take a slap shot The late Paul Newman stars as field hockey coach Reggie Dunlop In his New England town of Charlestown 10,000 workers are being laid off from the mill His team, the Chiefs has had a miserable season They're down to their last hopes of playing so he lets the latest players, the Hansons play A new strategy comes into focus... The brothers' actively violent and thuggish style of play excites the fans Dunlop retools the team, using violence to draw big crowds This definitely brought me back to 'Goon' starring Sean William-Scott whose hockey team also used brute force to win their games and gain support from their fans That's what made the sport so much more fun to watch With this movie yeah I'm not the biggest sports fan but they make it exciting Some pretty sweet camera angles capturing the action and some intense hand to hand fist fights Is violence killing sports, are the players just a sideshow attraction, nothing but jokes or something to brush off? Newman is awesome in this sports-comedy with its raunchy violence and hilarious take on the genre I can see why it remains one of the most popular sports films of the 1970s and it has nice touches of absurdist satirical wit hanging out along the sidelines The final showdown is intense but also outrageous in its own right of enjoyment The film matches the rough, gritty nature of the era it came out of and is thoroughly enjoyable for sports movie lovers Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Slap Shot

      Slap Shot: Official Clip - Fashion Show Slap Shot: Official Clip - Fashion Show 2:18 Slap Shot: Official Clip - Braden's Striptease Slap Shot: Official Clip - Braden's Striptease 2:58 Slap Shot: Official Clip - Old-Time Hockey Slap Shot: Official Clip - Old-Time Hockey 2:17 Slap Shot: Official Clip - Reg Taunts the Goalie Slap Shot: Official Clip - Reg Taunts the Goalie 2:53 Slap Shot: Official Clip - Reggie vs. The Owner Slap Shot: Official Clip - Reggie vs. The Owner 2:08 Slap Shot: Official Clip - The Hansons Play Dirty Slap Shot: Official Clip - The Hansons Play Dirty 2:59 Slap Shot: Official Clip - The Hanson Brothers Slap Shot: Official Clip - The Hanson Brothers 2:23 Slap Shot: Official Clip - Pre-Game Brawl Slap Shot: Official Clip - Pre-Game Brawl 1:48 Slap Shot: Official Clip - The Hansons Are Pumped Slap Shot: Official Clip - The Hansons Are Pumped 0:57 Slap Shot: Official Clip - The Finer Points of Hockey Slap Shot: Official Clip - The Finer Points of Hockey 1:58 View more videos

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker What holds the picture together is the warmth supplied by Paul Newman. As Reggie, the player-coach of the Chiefs, a minor-league ice-hockey team, he gives the performance of his life -- to date. Sep 13, 2023 Full Review Dan Epstein Rolling Stone Slap Shot remains the greatest sports flick of the 1970s. Sep 21, 2017 Full Review Gary Arnold Washington Post Newman is literally a diamond in the rough, and it requires a certain forebearance to separate his quality from the surrounding raunch. Dec 18, 2015 Full Review Sean Burns Crooked Marquee Newman’s breeziest, most waggishly charming role. Jul 23, 2023 Full Review Steve Warren The Barb (Atlanta) Believe it or not, this leads to a moral ending, and provides a lot of laughs along the way, mostly involving foul play or foul language. May 9, 2023 Full Review Stephen Silver Tilt Magazine Its the best movie ever made about its sport; you can have your Miracle. (45th anniversary) Rated: B+ Mar 4, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis In the small New England town of Charlestown, the local mill is about to lay off 10,000 workers. The town's minor league hockey team, the Charlestown Chiefs, is doing no better. After years of failure, this will be the team's last season. Exasperated player and coach Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman) lets the club's recent acquisitions, the Hanson Brothers, play. The brothers' actively violent and thuggish style of play excites the fans. Dunlop retools the team, using violence to draw big crowds.
      Director
      George Roy Hill
      Executive Producer
      Patrick Kelley
      Screenwriter
      Nancy Dowd
      Distributor
      MCA, MCA/Universal Pictures [us]
      Production Co
      Universal Pictures, Pan Arts Productions, Kings Road Entertainment
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 25, 1977, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 19, 2015
      Sound Mix
      Mono
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