How a movie about minor league hockey became a box office hit-and an international cult classic
Even 30-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 surprising facts (i.e., Al Pacino was the first choice for the role of Reggie Dunlop; almost every scene-even the absurd and unbelievable ones-depicts a real life event). With access to those involved in the making of the film, he brings to life some of the magic behind the creation of memorable scenes and characters, especially the Charleston 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
Destined to be a collectible and keepsake (along with the jerseys, bobbleheads, and other paraphernalia associated with the film), The Making of Slapshot is a must for fans eager to learn even more about their favorite film.
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Three Thumbs Up!!!
More cinematic background than I wanted.
There were some good hockey background stories, though not enough. Too much movie industry background for my liking, but that may appeal to others. I am a hockey fan far more than a movie fan.
The Hansons of course, and Paul Newman. It was great to hear that Reg Dunlop was Newman's all time favorite character to play, and that Slap Shot was the most fun he ever had making a movie.
The narration matched the pace of the story pretty well, but the narrator could have learned to pronounce the French Canadian names correctly. He takes a pot-shot approach to a few, trying different ways at various points in the book so he can say he got it right at least once. It's a hockey book, so you know there are going to be French Canadian names... Be glad it was in the 70s and he didn't yet need to try any Slavic names!
I would like to have listened to it in one sitting, but generally listen as I drive, so my audiobooks get broken up depending on the trip lengths. I did sit in the car a few times to hear out a storyline.
Overall a good book, but does not compare to the more amusing stories told in Dave Hanson's Slap Shot Original. I wish he'd make an audio version of that.