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Slap Shot (25th Anniversary Special Edition)
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Manufacturer: Universal Studios
Starring: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Strother Martin, Jennifer Warren, Lindsay Crouse
Directed By: George Roy Hill
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Binding: DVD
Brand: Universal
EAN: 9780783267289
Format: Anamorphic
ISBN: 0783267282
Label: Universal Studios
Manufacturer: Universal Studios
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2002-03-26
Running Time: 123
Studio: Universal Studios
Theatrical Release Date: 1977-02-25

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Editorial Reviews:

This irreverent and hilarious look into the world of professional sports has Paul Newman as the coach of the Chiefs, a struggling minor-league hockey team. To build up attendance at their games, management signs up the Hanson Brothers, three hard-charging players whose job is to demolish the opposition. "Slap Shot's" outrageous comedy, hard-hitting action, memorable lines and unforgettable characters have made this classic one of the all-time best sports movies ever.


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Summary: Great movie, a classic for a reason!
Comment: Slap Shot is easily one of the greatest sports movies of all time. Certainly one of the top hockey movies of all time at least. One of Paul Newman's most memorable performances, enough that the hockey world stopped to recognize him when he unfortunately passed. I don't know a hockey fan that does not love this movie, it is certainly one that no hockey fan's movie library would be complete without. This movie is hilarious, with an unforgettable cast of characters, from the Hanson Brothers to Ogie Ogelthorpe. Whether you're a hockey fan, or just love a good comedy, Slap Shot will not disappoint.

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Summary: True Johnstown PA Story
Comment: This movie is Awesome! What makes it better for me, is that it was filmed in my old home town of Johnstown PA. and the team was actually called the Johnstown Chiefs. Definitely one of the greatest Sports movies of all time. A must for a hockey fan.

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Summary: FOIL FOIL FOIL
Comment: THIS MOVIE IS AWESOME I COULD WATCH IT ALL THE TIME I WATCHED IT WHEN I WAS A KID AND STILL WATCH IT TODAY

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Summary: Here's what it is, here's what it ain't
Comment: Slap Shot is bottom-of-the-barrel minor league hockey. It's blue collar, living on the edge of desperation, rust belt culture. It's about a marginal business run for purposes irrelevant to sport. It's people miscast in life from hacks who see themselves as pros, to elitists who deign to play with the low-lifes. It's about people screwing up their relationships, about mis-communication and non-communication. It's about how people hurt each other in order to connect with one another. It's crude and irreverent. It's about the really screwy things people finally rally around. It combines more comedy genres than I can count.

Slap Shot is not a typical heartwarming sports flick. It concludes nothing about good and evil. Or overcoming long odds. It's not about a noble coach or noble players. Or illuminating all the wonderful things inside us. It's not for children. It has little to do with pro hockey.

Slap Shot is often described as one of the greatest sports movies ever filmed, but understand what that really means. This is a dark comedy about the human condition put into a sports setting. Low-end minor league hockey, which is a low-paying dead end for most players, is a perfect setting for the movie's themes, especially when set in a dying backwater city. The characters are losers who cling to their illusions, and circumstances and a mismatch between their ideals and personal illusions has led them straight to the bottom. The finale of the movie is first about one final heroic go at ideals - Old Time Hockey! (and even here there's a manipulative twist) - then decends into absurdity ... and the mood lifts and people finally connect as reality sets in. It's a wonderful, unconventional use of sports in film.

Paul Newman is superbly cast in this film. A lesser actor couldn't possibly have pulled off the complexity in this role. He is simultaneously an idealist, a pragmatist, an aging star holding off the inevitable, a womanizer still in love with his ex, conniving, and personally engaging. His manages all that and more in a completely convincing manner.

The film is a classic. Newman said it was one of his favorite roles. Roger Ebert lists it as one of the greatest American comedies.

Priceless.

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Summary: To hockey what "Bull Durham" is to baseball
Comment: Just one of those 'classic' sports movies. Aside from the 70s nostalgia, it's the fact that if you've ever worked or played in the minor leagues this movie will ring absolutely true. I finally burned out my old VHS version that I played every October when the NHL starts up. The names, the references, the laughs; even if you don't like hockey, "Slap Shot" can be appreciated for what it is - a look back at the bottom rung of a bygone era in sports.


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