Dunlop: You cheap son-of-a-bitch, are you crazy? Those guys [The Hanson Brothers] are retards!
McGrath: I got a good deal on those boys. Scouts said they showed a lot of promise.
Dunlop: They brought their fuckin' toys with them!
McGrath: I'd rather have them playing with their toys then playing with themselves.
Dunlop: They're too dumb to play with themselves! Boy, every piece of garbage that comes on the market, you gotta buy it!
Reg, Reg... that reminds me. I was coachin' in Omaha in 1948 and Eddie Shore sends me this guy that's a terrible masturbator, you know? Couldn't control himself. He would get deliberate penalties so he could get in to the penalty box all by himself, and damn! if he wouldn't (makes hand motions of masturbation)
Dunlop: Oh Jesus... (walks away in disgust)
McGrath: What was his name? (snickering, continues to make hand motions) Na-na-nana-na-na...Slap Shot
is a comedy movie released in 1977 that has earned a sort of cult status among hockey fans and is recognized as the best hockey movie of all time by no less an authority than The Hockey News
The Charlestown Chiefs are a minor league hockey team in the Federal League. With a losing record, a lack of popularity, and the fact that the town's mill - a main local job provider - is closing, the team seems doomed to be folded after the season. But then the team picks up the Hanson Brothers, three child-like young men that play the roughest hockey the team has ever seen (played by three real-life minor league hockey players
). Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman
), a veteran player and the team's coach decides to retool the team after the brothers after their fighting and overly aggressive style of play excites the Chiefs' fans. This decision splits the team between players who enjoy some good rough-housing on the ice, and those that prefer the "clean" style of playing. In a side plot, one of the "clean" players, Ned Braden, is on the verge of losing his wife due to her displeasure with their lifestyle.
Despite their slow rise in popularity, the team is still meant to be folded, and in order to keep his players' spirits up, Dunlop starts a rumor that the team has a buyer somewhere in Florida. As the Chiefs continue winning and gaining fans, Dunlop blackmails the team's stingy GM, Joe McGrath (Strother Martin) to tell him who the Chiefs' mysteriously unknown owner is, in order to convince them not to fold the team.
The script was written by Nancy Dowd, whose brother Ned played for the Johnstown Jets, a team that included the guys who would play the Hanson Brothers in the movie. Ned himself appeared in the film, playing the notorious Ogie Oglethorpe. The director, George Roy Hill, also directed Newman in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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