It’s been 40 Years…

….since my Master’s preferred Hollywood Star doppelgänger debuted in the most irreverent sports movie directed by Oscar winner, Yale alumnus, George Roy Hill….

The movie, written by Nancy Dowd, premiered in New Haven — to silence and confusion.
If you are confused, SLAP SHOT is about a minor league ice hockey team that resorts to violent play to gain popularity in a declining factory town.
“The language is quite a bit beyond blue,” Newman said during a 1976 television interview NHL Network unearthed. “It’s heavy into purple almost. I don’t believe a thing is truly vulgar if it’s funny. Boy, it’s foul-mouthed, but it’s real and beautiful.”


It’s absolutely stupid and every time I see it, I laugh at something new and get a bit sad because I know that area of the country, I know the 1970’s minor leagues, I grew up seeing Western PA and its rawness. It’s a character driven movie — everyone is a little yucky, but strangely enticing —  train wrecks you cannot look away from.  
And did I mention the clothing choices are spectacular?

Thank goodness, VHS saved the movie from obscurity.

And a link from the NYT when Paul Newman passed away in 2008. Written about Reggie Dunlap – beloved:


8 Comments on “It’s been 40 Years…”

  1. Pelelotus says:

    May need to look this film up. X

    • dievca says:

      Only if you are in the mood for crude silliness, it’s not “highbrow” at all — but then Life isn’t serious and highbrow all the time, either…

  2. esther says:

    i remember seeing this movie…i believe i enjoyed it. xx

  3. Marty says:

    I loved this movie so much. But it has been way too long since I’ve seen it. Must do!

    • dievca says:

      You will remember some parts and others will make you laugh, again. I really did not remember the fashion show until I watched it, recently.

  4. Not a film I would watch but the clip is hilarious! 🙂


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