|Slap Shot movie poster|
|Directed by||George Roy Hill|
|Produced by|| Robert J. Wunsch|
|Written by||Nancy Dowd|
|Starring|| Paul Newman|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date||February 25, 1977|
|Run time||123 min.|
When the mill closes in Charlestown putting many of the citizens out of work, the losing minor league hockey team, the Charlestown Chiefs in the Federal League, fear the impact of the towns financial troubles. Player-coach Reggie Dunlop decides to do whatever it takes to keep the team alive.
Reggie lies to his players about a potential buyer for the team, and makes them and the opposing players crazy so that they'll fight. The fighting draws in the fans, so Reggie continues to push his team to the limit.
Screenwriter Nancy Dowd loosely based the story for the film on the Johnstown Jets, a minor league hockey team for which her brother, Ned Dowd, played. Ned would later play the role of Ogie Ogilthorpe in the film.
- Paul Newman — Reggie Dunlop
- Strother Martin — Joe McGrath
- Michael Ontkean — Ned Braden
- Jennifer Warren — Francine Dunlop
- Lindsay Crouse — Lily Braden
- Jerry Houser — Dave Carlson
- Andrew Duncan — Jim Carr
- Jeff Carlson — Jeff Hanson
- Steve Carlson — Steve Hanson
- David Hanson — Jack Hanson
- Yvon Barrette — Denis Lemieux
- Allan Nicholls — Johnny Upton
- Brad Sullivan — Morris Wanchuk
- Stephen Mendillo — Jim Ahern
- Yvan Ponton — Jean-Guy Drouin
- Matthew Cowles — Charlie Kischel
- Kathryn Walker — Anita McCambridge
- Melinda Dillon — Suzanne Hanrahan
- M. Emmet Walsh — Dickie Dunn
- Swoosie Kurtz — Shirley Upton
- Paul D'Amato — Tim McCracken
- Ned Dowd — Ogie Ogilthorpe
For a complete cast and crew listing, see Slap Shot/credits.
While there was no actual soundtrack released for the film, it did feature numerous popular songs of the 1970's.
- "Right Back Where We Started From" — Maxine Nightingale
- "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" — Elton John
- "Rhiannon" — Fleetwood Mac
- "Say That You Love Me" — Fleetwood Mac
- "A Little Bit South of Saskatoon" — Sonny James
- "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" — Leo Sayer
Slap Shot premiered in the United States on February 25, 1977 and in many other countries later that year. There have also been a number of VHS and DVD releases since then, the most recent being the 25th Anniversary Edition released on March 26, 2002.
With the films violence and vulgarity, Slap Shot initially received mediocre reviews upon it's release in 1977. But over the years, people grew to love it more. Today it's known for being one of the best sports movies of all time.