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Slap Shot [DVD]

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000666PQG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,583 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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, Amazon.com

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Paul Newman Film 2 Oct 2008
By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I doubt anyone will ever read this review but I just thought I'd post it anyway after the sad death of Paul Newman. For all his "great" roles, this is my favourite, one of the funniest films ever made and if they show anything on telly as an example of Newman's genius, this should be on there representing his comedy class and his generosity in letting others steal the show at times..
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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A laugh out loud tale of naked protests, team fights, and blood thirsty goons.
Whoever says this film is strictly for ice hockey fans needs to cool off in the sin bin.
The movie is more in the tradition of the likes of Brassed Off and The Full Monty (there is even an on-ice strip show of sorts during the film's finale) than a sports buff's movie.
Of course, ice hockey fans will love it, but so will cult film enthusiasts, Newman fans, and your typical lads and ladettes.
The movie's lead, ice-cool Newman, is on familiar territory as an anti-hero. His Chiefs player-coach is a boozed up loser with an estranged wife, a mid-life crisis and and a team full of misfits.
To exacerbate Newman's problems, the main factory in town goes bust. With the townfolk struggling to put food on their tables, Newmans gate receipts will plummet. The team will soon face ruin. And without a single hint of tealent between them, the players futures look grim at best.
With the debtors zeroing in, the Chiefs manager gives in to the inevitable - he puts the rink up for sale to big business to turn it into a shopping centre. But steel-eyed Newman rumbles him. With the Chiefs his and his team's only hope of a sufferable future, he has to get his skates on (sorry!) to solve the mounting crisis, and get the fans back in - whether they can afford it or not.
Rumbling a plan is one thing, but making money out of the league's least-liked team is another entirely.
But Newman has an inspiration - and this time it's not eating eggs cool-hand Luke style. He gets his team to pander to the ice hockey crowd's instatiable thirst for blood.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SlapShot - Excellent 1 Oct 2010
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A great movie. Paul Newman loved his character - and exclaimed that out of all teh characters he played - the one of Regie Dunlop was his favourite.
This ranks as one of the best sports movies I have seen - up there with Raging Bull. The players were accomplished skaters.
I am not a knowledgable skating fan - but this movie really did appeal to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slap Shot 27 Feb 2014
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Brilliant, its so funny, full of "locker room talk", the Hansen brothers who get on the ice and beat the crap out of any opposing team, the legendary Ogie Oglethorpe (I thought he had got a lifetime ban), Paul Newman who said he had a great time making this movie, lots of real hockey players in it, its a really funny funny movie as long as you don't mind "language". If you don't have a broad sense of humour then buy something else, BUT if you have a sense of humour buy this, its kind of along the lines of Blazing Saddles and you will laugh your way through it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, cynical and irreverent. 22 Jan 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Paul Newman is the coach of third rate failing minor league hockey team, The Charlestown Chiefs. The town is hit hard by unemployment and this appears to be the Chiefs' last season, however, if the coach can whip up the team up into a winning frenzy, then the unknown owner might just find a buyer and save all their carers? The management bring in three odd looking brothers who, once unleashed, take the whole team on a blood thirsty winning streak right to the championship final. The crowds flock in thirsting for more blood, but then the problems start to arise.

Slap Shot is a tremendously funny film, it's also incredibly violent and often vulgar in dialogue, but be sure to know that both things go hand in hand here (or should it be glove in glove?) to create one of the smartest sports pictures in the modern age. The hockey sequences are excellent (especially to a non fan like me), and the script bristles with course and biting humour. Slap Shot on its initial release was frowned upon by many critics, it was considered too profane and overly harsh with the win at all costs theme driving it forward. However, it's now rightly embraced as the smart and intelligent piece that director George Roy Hill wanted it to be seen as. A new generation of movie fans have started to seek it out and its reputation and fan base grows ever more larger by the year.

Newman was a bona fide star, his hair silver grey but his good looks still firmly intact, his performance has a grace about it that oddly sits nicely amongst this cynical stab at professional hockey; even if his characters' clothes are, in truth, icky. It would be a big disservice if I didn't mention the impact of the Hanson Brothers, surely one of the finest combinations to have ever graced a sports movie?
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5.0 out of 5 stars the best shot ever at sports genre 27 Oct 2008
Format:DVD
Paul newman is class itself as the leather adorned ,abusive ,crooked but delightful hockey coach in a great sports comedy dealing with the on field and behind the scenes adventures of an ice-hockey team .

it is screwball,pantomime ,satire whatever but never has a dull moment to reckon .

there are multiple strands and lots of foul mouted, sordid ,sporty men with loads of profanities both verbal and visual but it is all relevantly integrated into the compact script.

roy hill was a really great maker who had a great sense of comic timing and he has a script to reckon with a fabulous cast -the results are an exemplary sports genre comedy for all times.

newman aged really gracefully and he looks so comfortable in his glorious middle -age with the younger players ,this is a very amusing movie despite it's conventional theme and somewhat predictable premises because it is great entertainment .

look out for micheal ontkeans hilarious dance act-striptease on the pitch -a must see.
- jbz7879
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