Slap Shot

Slap Shot

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Director: George Roy Hill

Cast: George Roy Hill, Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Lindsay Crouse

     
 

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Way ahead of its time and still bitingly funny, Slap Shot has earned a massive cult following since its initial 1977 release. A very smart mix of harsh no-class humor, crude language, and rich naturalistic drama, this was the first of two DVD releases of Slap Shot. This first one is perfectly acceptable, but doesn't have all the extras that the 25thSee more details below

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Way ahead of its time and still bitingly funny, Slap Shot has earned a massive cult following since its initial 1977 release. A very smart mix of harsh no-class humor, crude language, and rich naturalistic drama, this was the first of two DVD releases of Slap Shot. This first one is perfectly acceptable, but doesn't have all the extras that the 25th Anniversary Edition does. What this disc does have in its favor is a clean widescreen anamorphic transfer that showcases Victor J. Kemper's gritty cinematography. Similar to the great camera work that Kemper did on Dog Day Afternoon and The Friends of Eddie Coyle, it's rare for a comedy to have such a downbeat look. Less impressive than the widescreen transfer is the Dolby Digital 2.0 audio track, which sounds fine when played through a television set, but comes off as slightly compressed and muted when fed through a stereo system. Thankfully, both of these transfers would be improved upon for the 25th Anniversary Edition of the movie, but even without any extras, fans of Slap Shot can easily watch this DVD over and over again.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Raw and somewhat controversial in terms of its language and violence, the hockey comedy-drama Slap Shot was a departure for director George Roy Hill, whose previous 1970s output included the period adventures The Great Waldo Pepper (1975) and The Sting (1973). Writer Nancy Dowd carefully balances hilarious rowdiness -- both on and off the ice -- with surprisingly effective emotional tension. Despite the change of pace, Hill revisits some of his favorite pet themes, most notably that of a man becoming painfully aware of the end of an era. To this end, the director re-teams with Paul Newman, who perfectly captures the grizzled, nothing-to-lose attitude of Slap Shot's aging hockey-coach hero. Newman would continue to explore this type of character shading in films such as 1986's The Color of Money.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/05/1999
UPC:
0025192032820
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[monaural]
Time:
2:03:00

Special Features

Production notes; Cast and filmmakers' bios; Theatrical trailer; Web links

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Reggie Dunlop
Michael Ontkean Ned Braden
Lindsay Crouse Lily Braden
Jennifer Warren Francine Dunlop
Jerry Houser "Killer" Carson
Strother Martin Joe McGrath
Andrew Duncan Jim Carr
Jeff Carlson Jeff Hanson
Steve Carlson Steve Hanson
David Hanson Jack Hanson
Yvon Barrette Denis Le Mieux
Allan Nicholls Johnny Upton
Brad Sullivan Wanchuk
Stephen Mendillo Jim Ahern
Yvan Ponton Drouin
Matthew Cowles Charlie
Kathryn Walker Anita McCambridge
Melinda Dillon Suzanne Hanrahan
M. Emmet Walsh Dickie Dunn
Paul D'Amato Tim McCracken
Ned Dowd Ogilthorpe
Nancy Dowd Andrea
Swoosie Kurtz Shirley/Helen Upton
Christopher Murney Tommy Hanrahan
Larry Block Peterboro Referee
Paul Dooley Hyannisport Announcer
Allison Caine Voice Only

Technical Credits
George Roy Hill Director
Steve Abrams Makeup
Dede Allen Editor
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Tom Bronson Costumes/Costume Designer
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Robert L. Crawford Associate Producer
Nancy Dowd Screenwriter
Stephen Friedman Producer
Tom Joyner Asst. Director
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
James W. Payne Set Decoration/Design
Rick Sharp Makeup
Don Sharpless Sound/Sound Designer
James A. Westman Asst. Director
Robert J. Wunsch Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1--
0. Chapter List
0. Menu Group #1 with 18 chapter(s) covering 02:02:49
1. Hockey Pointers [2:49]
2. Main Titles [4:44]
3. The Fashion Show [4:42]
4. The New Players [7:12]
5. On The Road [6:55]
6. Gears vs. Chiefs [8:57]
7. Winning [8:23]
8. A New Attitude [10:06]
9. Back On The Bus [7:43]
10. The Presidents [10:20]
11. Free Tickets [5:51]
12. The Interview [5:56]
13. A Bounty [8:41]
14. Reggie vs. Owner [10:53]
15. The Big Game [6:18]
16. Half Time [8:06]
17. A Victory Parade [2:12]
18. End Credits [2:52]

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