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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Paul Newman plays Reggie Dunlop, the coach of a pathetic minor-league American hockey team. His career at a standstill and his marriage in tatters, Dunlop has nothing to lose by taking on a new group of players who are one evolutionary step above Neanderthals. Only when the team begins winning does he decide to get behind these players,See more details below

Overview

Paul Newman plays Reggie Dunlop, the coach of a pathetic minor-league American hockey team. His career at a standstill and his marriage in tatters, Dunlop has nothing to lose by taking on a new group of players who are one evolutionary step above Neanderthals. Only when the team begins winning does he decide to get behind these players, and to encourage the rest of the team to play as down-and-dirty as the newcomers. Straight-arrow team member Ned Braden (Michael Ontkean) resents this influx of gonzo talent, preferring to play clean. As the film's multitude of subplots play themselves out, Dunlop does his best to keep the outraged Braden on the team. Slap Shot is the sort of film for which the "R" rating was invented: Its nonstop barrage of profanity and its raunchy action sequences are of such intensity that the film will probably never be shown intact on commercial television.

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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:
10/15/2013
UPC:
0025192208393
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1

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. Scenes
1. Hockey Pointers [2:49]
2. Main Titles [4:44]
3. The Fashion Show [4:43]
4. The New Players [1:31]
5. On the Road [5:41]
6. Gears vs. Chiefs [1:13]
7. Winning [1:00]
8. A New Attitude [2:49]
9. Back on the Bus [:19]
10. The Presidents [:44]
11. Free Tickets [:48]
12. The Interview [3:16]
13. A Bounty [:46]
14. Reggie vs. Owner [4:55]
15. The Big Game [8:23]
16. A Show for the Scouts [1:50]
17. A Victory Parade [3:49]
18. End Credits [4:27]

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