October 23, 2010

The Making of Slap Shot

It is the most popular hockey movie of all time - a cult classic on it's own. Now, thanks to author Jonathan Jackson and publisher Wiley, we get a behind the scenes look at the making of the movie in The Making of Slap Shot: Behind the Scenes of the Greatest Hockey Movie Ever Made

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Absolutely everything you need to know and then some about Reggie Dunlop, the Hanson brothers and goalie Denis Lemieux can be found in these nearly 300 pages.

For instance, did you know it was Al Pacino, not Paul Newman, who was originally considered for the lead role? Jack Nicholson was also briefly considered for the role.

Or that Ned Dowd, who played Ogie Ogelthorpe, also acted in The Last of the Mohicans and Apocalypto?

The Making of Slap Shot reveals the improbable, hilarious, behind the scenes story about the crazy and wildly popular film from 1977. Personal interviews with over 50 cast members, production staff and others offer an amazing inside view of the making of Slap Shot. All aspects of the film and most importantly it's legacy are fully explored.

Add countless little known facts and anecdotes from the set and it is like getting inside the locker room with the Charlestown  Chiefs!

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Here's the specs:
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (Aug 17 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470159413
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470159415
Here's more from the publisher, Wiley:

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 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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And if you're interested in this title, I'd also recommend  Slapshot Original: The Man, the Foil, and the Legend, the real-life story of Dave Hanson.


Anonymous,  November 10, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

I enjoyed the book but it has a glaring gap - there is not one single picture.

As a result, unless you know every single character in the film (and can picture them in your minds eye) it is quite annoying.

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