Slap Shot (Dvd)

Directed by George Roy Hill
Starring Paul Newman

Universal Studios Home Video | November 25, 2008 | DVD

Slap Shot (Dvd) is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
Paul Newman is the over-the-hill player/coach of a pathetic minor league hockey team in blue collar Pennsylvania. These working-class sportsmen find their livelihoods threatened when the greedy owner of the team decides to dissolve the unsuccessful franchise so that he can make some quick cash. The only chance for Newman and company to generate enough capital to keep their jobs is to win a title in what looks like their "last" season. To improve their chances, they sign an unlikely trio of hockey players who wear horn-rim glasses and call themselves the Hanson Brothers. This improbable troika, with their absurd enthusiasm and violent playing style, inspires what had previously been a collection of lethargic prima donnas to amass an impressive string of victories. But will it be enough to save the team? and is the team worth saving if you have to bash your opponent's head in to do it?

Video Release: November 25, 2008

Runtime: 123

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

UPC: 025192179327

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Guilty Pleasure This is just a silly hockey movie. I am a born and bred Canadian, and I breath hockey. Like many hockey fans, "Slap Shot" is the classic movie that all must watch. The Hanson brothers are treated like actual former players. I am embarrassed to say it took me to age 17 to watch it, but I have finally watched this cult classic. The movie is silly. Paul Newman is perfect for the lead role as the eccentric and aging player/coach of the team. He has the perfect amount of humour and charisma in the performance to make you like him, as a actor with less of each could easily come off sleazy. Newman however comes out charming. None of the other actors really stood out, but as a ensemble it was perfect. Everyone plays there roles, and nobody took themselves too seriously. The plot is over the top. They make Canadian hockey look like a gong show, and is totally unrealistic, but it was funny to watch anyway. Overall a movie i would only recommend to hockey fans, anyone else may find it too over the top and silly for them.
Date published: 2012-03-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A MUST for hockey fans A MUST for hockey fans but a good watch for anyone
Date published: 2009-03-15

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Slap Shot (Dvd)

Slap Shot (Dvd)

Directed by George Roy Hill
Starring Paul Newman

Video Release: November 25, 2008

Runtime: 123

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

UPC: 025192179327


Edition Description
  • Mono
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Digitally Mastered
  • Runtime: 123 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

Paul Newman is the over-the-hill player/coach of a pathetic minor league hockey team in blue collar Pennsylvania. These working-class sportsmen find their livelihoods threatened when the greedy owner of the team decides to dissolve the unsuccessful franchise so that he can make some quick cash. The only chance for Newman and company to generate enough capital to keep their jobs is to win a title in what looks like their "last" season. To improve their chances, they sign an unlikely trio of hockey players who wear horn-rim glasses and call themselves the Hanson Brothers. This improbable troika, with their absurd enthusiasm and violent playing style, inspires what had previously been a collection of lethargic prima donnas to amass an impressive string of victories. But will it be enough to save the team? and is the team worth saving if you have to bash your opponent's head in to do it?

Description

Newman plays the coach of a minor-league hockey team. The film features course language. Physical violence and some good humor. An ITA winner.

Notes

Color by Technicolor. Ned Dowd, screenwriter Nancy Dowd's brother and a former hockey player, is credited as technical advisor on "Slap Shot." He is also the film's stunt coordinator and is featured in a small acting role. The characters of Steve, Jeff and Jack Hanson (The Hanson Brothers) are played by real-life brothers Steve and Jeff Carlson, and their cousin Dave Hanson. During the 1994/95 National Hockey League lockout, the trio re-entered the entertainment world, travelling around the US to perform some of their old "Slap Shot" routines as honorary members of the Federal League's Charleston Chiefs. Their stunts included pulling down the referee's pants before the game, throwing a pie in his face, and "water skiing" behind the Zamboni (a machine used to smooth out the surface of a rink's ice). The Hanson Brothers also performed at the International Hockey League's All-Star Game in Las Vegas on January 18, 1995. In the words of Dave Hanson: "The sports industry has gotten too business-like and forgotten the fans. We bring back the entertaining and the lighter side that makes people enjoy and feel good again."