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Slap Shot (1977)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Sport  |  25 February 1977 (USA)
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A failing ice hockey team finds success using constant fighting and violence during games.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Francine Dunlop
Andrew Duncan ...
Jeff Carlson ...
Steve Carlson ...
David Hanson ...
Yvon Barrette ...
Denis Lemieux
Johnny Upton (as Allan Nicholls)
Brad Sullivan ...
Morris 'Mo' Wanchuk
Jim Ahern
Yvan Ponton ...
Jean-Guy Drouin


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If this movie doesn't make you laugh, you better look up a psychiatric!! See more »


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Release Date:

25 February 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Schlappschuß  »

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$28,000,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter Strauss auditioned to play a role in Slap Shot (1977) but broke his leg whilst skating in the audition. He later appeared on The Tonight Show (1962) with his leg in a cast to lament his plight, and marvelled that the much older Paul Newman skated rings around him without so much as a scratch. See more »


Reggie Dunlop leaves a tavern to go record a radio interview. When he leaves the bar, he announces that the interview will air on the radio later that day at four o'clock. During the interview, he states that he will offer a "bounty" for the first Chiefs player to assault the other team's captain on the ice in the upcoming game. After the interview, Dunlop goes home and tries to get some sleep. He listens to his own interview on the radio, including the remark about the bounty. After he turns off the radio and tries to go to bed to have a nap, the clock on his bedside table reads a quarter to four, fifteen minutes before the interview was supposed to air. See more »


Jeff Hanson: Eddie Shore?
McGrath: Piss on Eddie Shore.
Steve Hanson: Old-time hockey?
McGrath: Piss on old-time hockey!
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to John Mitchell and his Johnstown Jets. See more »


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Old-time hockey at its finest!!
25 January 2000 | by (Orange County, California) – See all my reviews

I remember the first time I saw SLAP SHOT; I laughed so hard that I thought I was going to puke. The best thing about this movie is that all the banter between the players, the attitudes, and the jokes are ALL TRUE! I worked in the locker rooms for a minor-league hockey team and I saw every character in this movie: the aging veterans, the eccentric goalie, the lazy pretty-boy, the young players looking for a chance, etc. It is so true to life and accurate, moreso than any other sports related movie out there. And having all the actors do their own skating is a big plus also. I really can't find a fault with this flick.

And for my most favorite part of the movie? No question it is Moe Wanchuck! I have yet to find a character in any movie that everytime he open's his mouth, I go into hysterics. Along with Chunk from THE GOONIES and The Dude from THE BIG LEBOWSKI, Moe is up there towards the top of my list of favorite characters in any movie I have ever seen.

You know you have a classic film when the topic of SLAP SHOT comes up with your friends, or even people you have just met, and you spend hours reciting all your favorite quotes, trying to out-do each other. Do yourself a favor and see this movie so you can be part of the fun!

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