->'''Dunlop''': What are you guys doing?
->'''Steve Hanson''': [[MemeticMutation Puttin' on the foil!]]
->'''Jeff Hanson''': Every game!
->'''Jack Hanson''': Yeah, you want some?

''Slap Shot'' is a 1977 sports comedy film starring Creator/PaulNewman, which has earned a sort of cult status among UsefulNotes/IceHockey fans; it has been named 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 [[CastTheExpert real-life minor league hockey players]]). Reggie Dunlop (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.

Filmed on location around Pittsburgh. 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 ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'' and ''Film/TheSting''.
!!'''This film contains examples of the following tropes:'''
* ArtisticLicenseSports: Pretty much every instance of body contact shown would be an obvious interference penalty.
* BerserkButton: Hanrahan with regards to his wife's sexuality, used to great effect by Dunlop.
* BigGame: For the league championship. Subverted by the very unusual ending to the Big Game.
* ClusterFBomb: The F word itself is mentioned at least 60 times throughout the movie, among other swears. Hey, it's the language of the locker room. Paul Newman has said in interviews that he swore very little before making Slap Shot, but retained Reg's penchant for profanity after filming.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Lily Braden, much to Reggie's concern when he has to hitch a ride with her.
* {{Fanservice}}: A topless scene with [[Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind Melinda]] [[Film/AChristmasStory Dillon]] for no particular reason.
* HockeyFight: The climactic final game pretty quickly devolves into this. The defusing of it (by one of the players deciding to strip-tease) MakesAsMuchSenseInContext.
** And, of course, there are plenty of fights beforehand, such as the Hansons cold-cocking their opponents during the pre-game skate leading to an all-out brawl ''before the game'', and another fight that spills into the stands when an opposing fan tosses his keys at one of the Hansons. And then there's Dunlop goading the goalie Hanrahan into a fight.
* HomeVersionSoundtrackReplacement: The VHS release of the film replaced the featured songs with generic instrumentals. The songs were restored in the 25th anniversary DVD release and subsequent releases.
* ManChild: The Hanson Brothers. (Reggie to the General Manager: "You cheap bastard, those guys are retards!")
* MemeticMutation: "Old time hockey!" referred in universe to ''clean'' play. In popular culture, however... Though there's a bit of ValuesDissonance at play here. At the time of the film, the idea of gooning it up as strategy was still a relatively new concept, having just been [[TropeCodifier codified]] a few years earlier by the Philadelphia Flyers (who gooned their way to a pair of Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975). But by the end of the 80s, the NHL and most professional, college, and junior leagues had began to crack down on fighting. Then as the Cold War ended and Eastern European players began to make their way to North America... bringing their quicker, finesse-based style with them... the term "old time hockey" began to refer to the goonery that saw its heyday in the 1970s.
* ModestyBedsheet: inverted; Reg and Suzanne have a post-coital chat and she sits up, exposing her naked breasts; while Reg remains bundled up to the neck
* {{Mooning}}: The entire team plus their followers do this out the windows of their vehicles when they get to one town that objects to their presence, and manage to stun the crowd to silence.
* MusicAtSportingEvents: "Don't ever play 'Lady of Spain' again!"
* NoodleIncident: One of the notorious players returning to hockey for the final "has been living in semi-seclusion running a donut shop in Moosejaw, Saskachewan ever since the famed ''Denny Pratt Tragedy''."
* OpposingSportsTeam: Inverted in that the protagonists are a down-and-out hockey team who suddenly hit the big time when they recruit three brothers who teach them the value of violent tactics deliberately designed to hurt the other team. This ends with them facing a team that's a conglomeration of all the most violent players their opponents can find, with no one making any attempt to play the game as they just try to kick each others' asses instead.
* OutdatedOutfit:
** The outfits in this film are very, ''very'' 1970s, to an embarrassing extent.
** This even extends to the teams' uniforms; many of the designs would be considered conservative or even classic today, but the [[http://i214.photobucket.com/albums/cc45/dkblogphotos/Slap%20Shot/0220091714-1.jpg Long Island Ducks]]' unis, based on the real-life [[http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/51/42/9c/51429cbd0d733b9b563e8f19a149d1dc.jpg Broome Dusters]], are definitively seventies. Also, helmets didn't become mandatory in professional hockey until the late 70s and nowadays, any league worth its salt will not let a player play without one.
* PottyFailure: Nick Brophy on the Hyannisport team is drunk during a game, and tells Dunlop that he's going to piss himself if he takes a hit on the boards. When Braden checks him on his next shift, Brophy has to gingerly skate off the ice in shame.
* PrecisionFStrike: Though the Hanson Brothers are brutal, they at least know when to shut up and when others should too. One referee thought that the singing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was the perfect opportunity to berate them for the brawl that had happened during the warmups.
-->'''Referee:'''I got my eye on the three of you. You pull one thing, you're out of this game. I run a clean game here. I have any trouble here, I'll suspend ya.
-->'''Steve Hanson:''' [[ThreatBackfire I'm listening to the FUCKING SONG!!!!]]
* SeventiesHair: Several players feature long, shaggy hair, many with big, bushy 70s mustaches or beards... and then there is the glory of Ogie Oglethorpe's afro.
* SheCleansUpNicely: Lily Braden.
* TricksterArchetype: Reggie Dunlop.
* ATruceWhileWeGawk: The strip-tease during the climactic HockeyFight eventually has both teams stop brawling and just stand there gawking at Braden stripping in befuddlement.
** Ogie Oglethorpe, the baddest brawler of them all, even does a facepalm in embarrassment.
* UnnecessaryRoughness:
** The Hanson Brothers practically embody this.
** And then with the team of goons for the final game.