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….

SLAP SHOT.
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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: https://slapshot.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/09/27/hockey-mourns-the-passing-of-reggie-dunlap/?_r=0

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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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