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Slap Shot [DVD]
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 3 August 2002
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.
And to inspire his Chiefs to brutalise some scalps, he hires the most feared players in the league: the lank-haired, bespectacled Hanson brothers, whose casually violent schtick is nothing less than hilarious.
The immature agressors beat up vending machines, trash hotel rooms, crunch opponents, and slam referees even before games start - they even knock out the organ player!
Hell, it's carried outn with such humour and aplomb that it is a side-splitting ride. Of course, as with all films where humour or action is the main point of interest, the links to the action are dull. But with action as bloody, gritty and funny as in Slapshot, the lulls are well worthwile.
Anway. Do they win through in the end, or does Newman's Stone Ageplan force a retreat to the caves? The only way to find out how the visual feast unfolds is to experience itn yourself. So what the puck are you waiting for?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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? They are at once unassumingly likable, the next gleefully violent, they are the glue that binds the whole picture together. Film is filled out with sparkling support work from the likes of Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean, Jennifer Warren, Lindsay Crouse and Jerry Houser.

Not long after originally writing this review, the legend that was Paul Newman sadly passed away, he left behind a movie legacy that few can touch, and trust me, this is one of them. A sports movie that never gets old and continues to pay off on repeat viewings. 8.5/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 February 2014
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 1 October 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2013
Paul Newman plays Reggie Dunlop, the coach of a pathetic minor-league American hockey team. His career at a standstill and his marriage in tatters, Dunlop has nothing to lose by taking on a new group of players who are one evolutionary step above Neanderthals. Only when the team begins winning does he decide to get behind these players, and to encourage the rest of the team to play as down-and-dirty as the newcomers. Straight-arrow team member Ned Braden (Michael Ontkean) resents this influx of gonzo talent, preferring to play clean. As the film's multitude of subplots play themselves out, Dunlop does his best to keep the outraged Braden on the team. Slap Shot is the sort of film for which the "R" rating was invented: Its nonstop barrage of profanity and its raunchy action sequences are of such intensity that the film will probably never be shown intact on commercial television.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2013
Classic sports comedy about a mediocre ice hockey team in the US from a town where the industry is folding and with it the team. Newman is the player/manager who takes the team on their road trip while creating a smoke-and-mirrors media-buzz about a mystery buyer and the Hanson brothers create havoc on the ice.

If you haven't seen it, you're missing a treat and if you have, you know you ought to have it on your shelf because it's brilliant.
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2014
Paul Newman looked like a 60's pimp in his gladrags! This is an action packed sports movie that's aggressive as well as funny. I enjoyed watching it when it was first released and have never ever forgotten it. If you like ice hockey or sports in general, you'll love watching the psycho brothers go to work against other team players on the ice.
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on 29 September 2011
It's testimony to the quality of this film that it still stands up to scratch many years on.

You certainly do not have to be a Ice Hockey fan to like the film, but you need to not worry about a good deal of swearing. Newman himself was quoted as saying he rarely swore until he made this.

For most people you only have to mention The Hansons, three ice hockey playing brothers who Newman keeps benched until one memorable game he unleashes them and the team effectively stops playing 'old time hockey' and plays to the animal in the crowds.

Weirdly its the clothes, cars and hairdos that are dated more than the characters and story. Nice little feature about the REAL Hansons - the three brothers were played by two brothers and a friend who were all actual hockey players (it should have been just the three brothers but one of them got a contract in the Major Leagues).

Good fun, slightly silly, bit too much swearing for the kids, but a nice release.
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