The Making of Slap Shot: Behind the Scenes of the Greatest Hockey Movie Ever Made

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How a movie about minor league hockey became a box office hit—and an international cult classic

Even thirty-odd years after Slap Shot's release, diehard hockey fans can still recite scenes of dialogue by heart, making lines like "putting on the foil" just common argot for the devoted. Yet many may be surprised to learn that the true story behind the making of the film is as captivating as the film itself. In The Making of Slap Shot, veteran sports writer Jonathon Jackson lets fans not only relive just how the film was made, but brings to light a number of little-known facts about the genesis and production of this sports classic.

With access to those involved in the making of the film, the author brings to life some of the magic behind the creation of memorable scenes and characters, especially the Charlestown Chiefs, one of the most popular fictional sports teams in history.

  • Based on interviews with over 50 cast members, production staff, and anyone of note involved in the film's creation
  • Details little known facts (including how Al Pacino was the first choice for the role of Reggie Dunlop) and how almost every scene—even the absurd and unbelievable ones—depicts a real life event
  • Jackson is a veteran journalist whose work has appeared in The Hockey News, the Montreal Gazette, the Ottawa Citizen and many other publications

Destined to be a collectible and keepsake (along with the jerseys, bobbleheads, and other paraphernalia associated with the film), The Making of Slap Shot is a must for fans eager to learn the colourful backstory of this surprising film classic.

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How a movie about minor league hockey became a box office hit—and an international cult classic

Even thirty-odd years after Slap Shot’s release, diehard hockey fans can still recite scenes of dialogue by heart, making lines like “putting on the foil” vernacular for the devoted. Yet many may be surprised to learn that the true story behind the making of the film is as quirky as the film itself.

In The Making of Slap Shot, veteran sports writer Jonathon Jackson lets fans relive how the film was made, and brings to light surprising facts; for instance, Al Pacino was a willing first choice for the role of Reggie Dunlop; and almost every scene—even the absurd and unbelievable ones—depicts a real-life event. Based on interviews with more than 50 cast members, production staff, and anyone of note involved in the film’s creation, The Making of Slap Shot brings to life the magic behind the creation of memorable scenes and characters, especially the beloved Hanson brothers and player-coach Reggie Dunlop.

Destined to be a collectible (along with the jerseys, bobbleheads, and other paraphernalia associated with the film), The Making of Slap Shot is a must-read for fans eager to learn even more about their favorite film.

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The Best Hockey Movie of All Time

Even thirty-odd years after Slap Shot's release, diehard hockey fans can still recite scenes of dialogue by heart, making lines like "putting on the foil" just common vernacular for the devoted. Yet many may be surprised to learn that the true story behind the making of the film is as captivating as the film itself.

In The Making of Slap Shot, veteran sports writer Jonathon Jackson lets fans relive how the film was made, and brings to light surprising facts; for instance, Al Pacino was a willing first choice for the role of Reggie Dunlop; and almost every scene—even the absurd and unbelievable ones—depicts a real-life event. Based on interviews with more than 50 cast members, production staff, and anyone of note involved with the film's creation, The Making of Slap Shot brings to life the magic behind the many memorable scenes and characters, especially the beloved Hanson brothers and player-coach Reggie Dunlop. Full of little-known facts and anecdotes from the set, this is a chance to get inside the locker room with the Charlestown Chiefs, one of the best known and most popular sports teams in history.

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