Overall Rank: 1867
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 98
Theatrical Release Date: 02/25/1977
Genre: Comedy, Sport
MPAA Rating: R
Director: George Roy Hill
Actors: Paul Newman, Strother Martin, Michael Ontkean, Jennifer Warren, Jerry Houser, Jennifer Warren
Plot: An aging coach for lousy minor league hockey team needs his team to win or watch it fold. Turning to dirty tactics and bloody fights, plus the rough Hanson brothers, the team just may be able to save themselves. -- Chris Kavan
Quick Movie Reviews
Amy - wrote on 03/11/2014
I'm not wild about hockey, and I really don't like fighting. But goddamn it if Paul Newman doesn't make everything delightful.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/20/2011
An underrated sports classic - full of comic gold, great one-liners, believable characters, and some true heart. The film isn't a one-note joke about the violence of hockey and has some funny human moments, amid the more ridiculous, broader comedy.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 07/02/2010
A great sports movie - but I have to admit I was expecting more. The Hanson brothers are instant comedic gold - but the 70s fashion and music? Ugh. Still, for all the fighting and stripping - Slap Shot has a lot of heart too.
Full Movie Reviews
Gabe - wrote on 01/07/2016
One of the greatest sports movies ever. Not quite as good as Hoosiers (1986) or Bull Durham (1988) but right up there. I also secretly really enjoy Any Given Sunday (1999).
But back to this film. First off, it's shocking to see a really middle-aged Paul Newman. I'm either used to young Paul Newman or old Paul Newman, this was a new look of him, for me. But, he's great, as always, as the conniving team captain and resident hockey lifer. The Hanson brothers steel every scene their in, but aren't actually in this movie a whole lot.
I will admit, I kept waiting for Paul Newman to buy the team, but of course he does not.
Overall, it's an entertaining film with some great hockey scenes and of-course, the hilarious brawl/WWE fight during the last hockey game.
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Andrew - wrote on 06/03/2012
As a long time lover of hockey and having played the game myself, I was looking forward to watching Slap Shot. Several of my former hockey buddies raved about it, so I figured I would give it a shot. Needless to say, I was terribly, terribly disappointed.
The story? Well there really isn't one. Seeing how much violence you can pack into a two-hour movie does not make a plot. I understand that minor league hockey was quite violent in the 1970s, however this film is simply over the top. I knew this film wasn't going to have an accurate depiction of the game, but it was simply lacking in laughs, something I thought it would contain. It is vicious, violent, and reduces hockey players to the level of neanderthals, something that I found insulting.
There is no real character …
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