Slap Shot (1977)


“The fans are standing up to them! The security guards are standing up to them! The peanut vendors are standing up to them! And by golly, if I could get down there, I’d be standing up to them! ” – Hyannisport broadcaster

Number of Times Seen – At least 3 times (video in the 80’s, 10 Nov 2007 and 3 Jan 2019)

Brief Synopsis – The player/coach of a Hockey team does all he can to get the team bought by new owners who will relocate them to a more popular venue.

My Take on it – This is a film that one of my older brother’s and his friends got me to watch with them when I was a kid in the 80’s and I’ve always had fond memories of watching it with them because we all just cracked up the whole time.

This is one of Richard of Kirkham Movie A Day‘s 8 choices for this month’s MOTM over at the Lamb and I was so happy to once again get a chance to watch this really fun and enjoyable film.

They are able to take the stereotypical aspects of hockey players and take them to the extremes where it is hilarious to watch how things play out for them.

They found a way to create such unique characters to comprise the players on the team and each of them is able to add to the humor of this film in their own way.

This isn’t the kind of film that I would think casting Paul Newman in the lead is a good idea, yet he excels in this role and he even stated that this was one of his favorite roles (see Trivia below) and he is truly a perfect fit with the personality needed for such a character.

The ideas that he brings forth to make his team even better are great and it was so hard not to laugh almost the whole way through.

Besides Newman’s character, The Hanson Brothers are the best characters and they are able to add so much to the hilarity of it all.

Thanks to Richard for getting me to rewatch this film again!

Bottom Line – Hilarious hockey film that takes all of the stereotypical aspects of the sport and exaggerate them to a point where it’s so enjoyable watching everything transpire. The characters are all quite unique and they find a way to make each of them have a very different kind of personality that adds to the various aspects of the humor of this film.  Newman is superb in the lead and is able to keep things quite funny throughout with his character’s great personality and ideas on how to make his team better. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Paul Newman had stated on many occasions that he had more fun making this film than on any other film he has starred in, and that it remained his favorite of his own films, until his death. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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3 thoughts on “Slap Shot (1977)

  1. Loved this movie. It cracks me up every time I watch (which is more times than you have).Written by Nancy Dowd (who also co-wrote “Coming Home”) who’s brother Ned Dowd was a hockey player and from whom she heard many of the stories sheused – who himself was a producer on such films as Last of the Mohicans, Count of Monte Cristo, Wonder Boys, Apocalypto and State of Grace.

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