Slap Shot [Import]
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Paul Newman and his Butch Cassidy director, George Roy Hill, made a very original comedy in this 1977 story of an over-the-hill player/coach (Newman) for a lousy hockey team who gets results when he teaches his players to get dirty. One of the most hilariously profane movies ever to come out of Hollywood, this is the kind of film that makes its own rules as it goes along. Newman is very good, and while Hill goes for the gusto in terms of capturing the violence of this world, his instinct for comedy has never been sharper. Great support from Strother Martin, Paul Dooley, and the rest. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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That supporting cast though is what really gives the film its attitude. The mix consists of a couple of old school hockey players, a couple of French-Canadian dorks, a few past-their-prime primadonnas and a couple of roughhousing drunks. Sound like a hockey team to you? Sounds great to me! The kicker though, is went the Hanson Brothers, hockey's equivalent of the three stooges sporting boxing gloves join up with the team and inject it with new life through their aluminum-foil covered fists. Once these dudes come along, the blood starts filling the ice and the laughs start pouring out of your mouth! I suggest you get nice and trashed too before you watch this, as it helps get into the mood of what's going on through the player's heads! Among all major sports, hockey players are often regarded a the most fan-friendly and approachable and that's because they never hesitate to poke fun at themselves and even the millions they earn rarely push them into taking themselves too seriously.Read more ›
Except, of course, for the timeless gem that IS "Slap Shot". This movie really has everything...violence (presented in a format that most people outside of Canada and the Northeastern US weren't used to seeing at the time), profanity (even Wayne Gretzky admitted in his autobiography that he tends to "turn the air a little blue" during games), drunkenness (by players and fans both on and off the ice), Canadian accents ("Two points, eh!"), bad hair ("WHY DO YOU WEAR THAT RUG?"), REALLY BAAAD clothes (they had to have raided the set of the last "Superfly" movie for some of those duds), bad cars (Reggie's Pontiac GTO...who ever came up with the notion that vinyl tops were EVER cool?), a '70's soundtrack (thankfully and blissfuly restored to the DVD) that would do Quentin Tarantino proud, and of course... (yes, that's Ralphie's mom from "A Christmas Story" in bed with Paul Newman, topless, discussing her lesbian affairs. That's enough to curdle the blood and land a kid in therapy for years). If that wasn't enough, there's also a running audio commentary track by the Hanson Brothers (sure, they have real names, but who cares?) recalling their own minor league hockey exploits from the '70's, as well as papers from various police blotters(!Read more ›
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The Classic remains a classic, only the making of suggests it was based on reality and the Hanson Brothers really were as crazy as the movie. Read morePublished 3 months ago by stuart gregory
Un film culte au Québec. Paul Newman est inoubliable dans son rôle de Reggie Dunlop. Et que penser des frères Hanson qui sont tordants dans leurs rôles de... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lucie Boutet