“I tried to capture the spirit of the thing.” Slap Shot is to hockey what The Bad News Bears is to little league baseball — a raw, crass, foul-mouthed and uproariously funny chronicle of a bottom-of-the-barrel sports team that decides to take extreme measures in an attempt to stop being such losers. Paul Newman is Reggie Dunlop, the player/coach of the flailing minor league hockey team, the Charlestown Chiefs, who concocts a series of so-crazy-they-just-might-work schemes to keep the team from folding at the end of the season — most of which involves engaging in as much violence as possible during games. If you’ve already seen Slap Shot, then you already know its many joys and surprises and can probably list off at least ten of your favorite quotes in rapid succession without thinking twice; if you haven’t seen this comedy classic, now’s your chance — we guarantee you’ll find yourself initiated into the The Hanson Brothers Booster Club within minutes. Newman and director George Roy Hill proved they could do no wrong together for the third time with this film, following Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting — and they didn’t even need Robert Redford for this one.
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