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Slap Shot

US movie poster
Directed by George Roy Hill
Produced by Stephen J. Friedman
Robert J. Wunsch
Written by Nancy Dowd
Starring Paul Newman
Strother Martin
Michael Ontkean
Lindsay Crouse
Music by Pierre Tubbs
Cinematography Victor J. Kemper
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) February 25, 1977 (US)
Running time 123 min.
Country US
Language English
Followed by Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice
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Slap Shot is a 1977 Hollywood film starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean and directed by George Roy Hill. The film is based on a book written by Nancy Dowd, based in part on her brother Ned Dowd's experiences playing minor league hockey in the United States in the seventies, during which time violence, especially in the low minors, was the selling point of the game. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (496x755, 101 KB) Summary movie poster for the American theatrical release of the film Slapshot (1977) Source URL: http://www. ... George Roy Hill (December 20, 1922 – December 27, 2002) was an American film director. ... Paul Leonard Newman (born January 26, 1925) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and film director who is also known for his food products that are used to fund several charities. ... Strother Martin, (March 26, 1919 – August 1, 1980) was an American character actor in numerous films and television programs. ... Michael Ontkean Michael Ontkean (born 24 January 1946 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian actor. ... Lindsay Crouse (b. ... Pierre Tubbs is an English songwriter and music producer. ... Victor J. Kemper (born April 14, 1927 in Newark, New Jersey, USA) is an American cinematographer who has worked on over fifty films. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... February 25 is the 56th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Paul Leonard Newman (born January 26, 1925) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and film director who is also known for his food products that are used to fund several charities. ... Michael Ontkean Michael Ontkean (born 24 January 1946 in Vancouver, British Columbia) is a Canadian actor. ... George Roy Hill (December 20, 1922 – December 27, 2002) was an American film director. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ...


The movie focuses on a fictitious 'Federal League' team called the Charlestown Chiefs. The team, a perennial loser and in financial trouble due to mill closings in the town, is due to be folded at season's end.

Through the course of regular business, the team picks up the Hanson Brothers, violent goons with child-like mentalities. Reggie Dunlop, the veteran player-coach (played by Newman), perceiving them to be eccentric and unreliable, initially chooses not to play them. Finally, in a moment of desperation and passiveness, he brings the trio of thugs into the game to see what they can do. Their big open ice hits and overly aggressive - excessively violent and bordering on homicidal - style of play is greatly praised by the fans in desperate need of something for which to cheer. The Hanson Brothers are the ice hockey playing siblings from the 1977 movie Slapshot, whose characters are actually based upon themselves. ...

Dunlop, seeing the potential in this style of play, retools the team in the Hansons' image. Most of the other players -- including Dave "Killer" Carlson (Jerry Houser) -- take a liking to this, with the exception of Ned Braden (Ontkean), used to a clean, flashy style of play from his college days. Meanwhile, Braden's wife (Lindsay Crouse) has difficulty adjusting to the life of a hockey wife and finds a sympathizer in Dunlop's long-estranged wife. Jerry Houser (born July 14, 1952) is an American character actor and voice actor in film and television. ... Lindsay Crouse (b. ...

It is also revealed to the team that as a result of the mill closing, this will be the last season for the Chiefs. As a means of keeping his team motivated, Dunlop plants a story (which is an outright lie) that the Chiefs are being sold to a perspective buyer in Florida and thus moving the team out of Charlestown. After much pursuit about the current owner of the Chiefs (whose identity is unknown to everyone but the team's stingy General Manager), Dunlop discovers that the team could be sold, but won't be, as the team is more economically viable as a tax writeoff than it is as a sold commodity.

The whole idea turns around in the final game when the players discover there will not be another season and most are about to play their last game. Initially, they all vow to play a clean game, but their vicious style of play has provoked the opposing team -- The Syracuse Bulldogs -- to put together the most infamous set of goons ever to disgrace a hockey rink. When their annoyed business manager tells them of NHL scouts who were interested in hiring them, The Chiefs' players give in and the game degenerates into an on-ice slugfest. Ned Braden ends the fight by stripping off his equipment, an act called by some a "disgrace to the game" even while the band playfully plays "The Stripper" when they realize what he is doing. NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... The Stripper is a famous piece of music composed by Rose, it evinces a jazz influence and is famously used in stripteases. ...

Almost as an afterthought, Syracuse loses the championship via forfeit after their captain Tim "Dr Hook" McCracken sucker-punches an official, which is paraded around the ice by a jockstrap-only-clad Braden. It's revealed during the championship parade that Dunlop has landed a job as coach of a team in Minnesota, which he intends to bring his Chiefs players along with him.

Ned Dowd himself played Syracuse goon Ogie Ogilthorpe in the film and later used the role to launch a career as a Hollywood character actor and producer.

The three characters who play the Hanson brothers: Steve Carlson, Jeff Carlson and Dave Hanson, were actually real hockey players, and the Carlsons are actually brothers.


The movie has had an enduring impact on hockey culture. Key lines of script are frequently quoted, some of its terms entering the hockey lexicon outright. Its enduring popularity can be seen in the fact that replica Chiefs jerseys from the movie remain popular sellers, and that the "Hanson Brothers" (hockey players Steve Carlson, Jeff Carlson and Dave Hanson) have made permanent careers out of touring as their personas from the movie. The Hanson Brothers are the ice hockey playing siblings from the 1977 movie Slapshot, whose characters are actually based upon themselves. ... Steve Carlson (born August 26, 1955 in Virginia, Minnesota) is a retired American ice hockey forward. ... Jeff Carlson (born July 20, 1953 in Virginia, Minnesota) is a retired American ice hockey forward. ... Dave Hanson (born April 12, 1954 in Cumberland, Wisconsin) is a retired American ice hockey forward. ...

Todd McFarlane has released a set of figures of the Hanson brothers with connecting bases resembling the hockey rink. Spawn #1 (1992), featuring one of McFarlanes most popular creations Todd McFarlane (born March 16, 1961 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada) is a cartoonist, comic book writer, artist, and media entrepreneur. ...

A third Carlson brother, Jack Carlson, was originally to play alongside his brothers in the film, but the Edmonton Oilers, at the time a franchise in the World Hockey Association, wouldn't grant Jack his release for the filming schedule. The Edmonton Losers are a professional Loser team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ... World Hockey Association logo The World Hockey Association (French: Association Mondiale de Hockey) was a professional ice hockey league that operated in North America from 1972 to 1979. ...

Paul Newman, claiming that he swore very little in real life before the making of "Slap Shot", said to Time Magazine in 1984, "There's a hangover from characters sometimes. There are things that stick. Since 'Slap Shot,' my language is right out of the locker room."

The movie was filmed in (and loosely based around) Johnstown, PA and utilized several players from the then-active North American Hockey League Johnstown Jets (the team for which Dowd himself played) as extras. The Carlson Brothers and Dave Hanson also played for the Jets in real life. Many scenes were filmed in the Clinton Arena, the Clinton Comets' home ice, and in other Johnstown locales. Ironically, the Johnstown Jets, and the NAHL, folded in 1977, the year Slap Shot was released. Nickname: Flood City Location Location of Johnstown within Pennsylvania. ... The North American Hockey League was a professional hockey league that existed from 1973 to 1977. ...

Reggie Dunlop is based in part on former Long Island Ducks player/coach John Brophy, who gets homaged by his last name being used for the drunk center of the Hyannisport Presidents. Syracuse goon Ogie Oglethorpe was based on longtime minor-league goon Bill "Goldie" Goldthorpe"

In another tribute to the movie's popularity, the ECHL Johnstown Chiefs are named after the Chiefs in the movie, and play at the War Memorial Arena. The ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League) is a professional ice hockey league based in Princeton, New Jersey with teams scattered across the United States and Canada, generally regarded as a tier below the American Hockey League. ... The Johnstown Chiefs are a minor league ice hockey team located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, playing in the ECHL. The team was founded in 1988 in the All-American Hockey League, and moved to the East Coast Hockey League (now just ECHL) when that league was formed. ...

In yet another tribute to the movie, the Ligue nord-américaine de hockey (LNAH) team Laval Chiefs are named after the Charlestown Chiefs, and bears the same logo on their uniform. The Ligue Nord-Américaine de Hockey (LNAH) was founded in 2004 and is a low-level professional league based in the Canadian province of Quebec. ... The Laval Chiefs (Les Chiefs de Laval) is a hockey team based in Laval, Quebec. ...

A tribute to the movie is being used by real-world NHL Boston Bruins goalie Hannu Toivonen, in the form of a more modern style goalie mask he is wearing for the 2006-2007 NHL season. It is directly inspired by the movie character Denis Lemieux's macabre fanged "jolly roger" decorated mask in the movie. NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... The Boston Bruins are a professional ice hockey team based in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Hannu Toivonen (born May 18, 1984 in Kalvola, Finland) is a Finnish ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the Providence Bruins in the American Hockey League. ...

A much-derided direct-to-video sequel, Slap Shot 2: Breaking the Ice, was filmed in 2002. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ...

The appearance and mannerisms of the Hanson Brothers inspired a professional wrestling stable known as the Dudley Boyz. Professional wrestling is generally any form of performance art in which pro-wrestlers receive payment for participating. ... In professional wrestling, a stable is a group of wrestlers within a promotion who have a common element -- friendships, either real or storyline, a manager who manages all of them, or a common storyline, which puts them together as a unit (recent examples include Evolution, La Résistance, The Cabinet... Team 3D is also the name used by the professional American electronic sports company. ...

Similarly, the movie inspired The Hanson Brothers, a side project of the Canadian rock band No Means No. Gabba Gabba Hey! Not to be confused with Hanson, another band. ... No Means No (sometimes written without the spaces: NoMeansNo) is a rock music group from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. ...

The Maxine Nightingale tune Right Back Where We Started From is featured in the original release. Recently, it has been replaced in TV viewings with a generic soundalike tune (possibly due to rights issues). However, the DVD release keeps the original. The VHS version released in the early 1980s contains none of the music by the name acts as heard in the theaters; all that music is substituted with songs in the same general style of the originals, but not the actual original songs nor artists. Maxine Nightingale (born November 2, 1952 in Wembley) is a British R&B and soul singer, best known for her hits in the 1970s. ...

Film critic Gene Siskel noted that his greatest regret as a critic was giving a mediocre review to this movie when it was first released. After viewing it several more times, he grew to like it more and later listed it as one of the greatest American comedy movies of all time. Eugene Gene Kal Siskel (January 26, 1946–February 20, 1999) was, along with on-screen partner Roger Ebert, one of the worlds two most successful film critics. ...

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Films Directed by George Roy Hill
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