Thursday, September 28, 2006
There are movies...and there are movies that truly transcend time. I give you number two on the all-time hockey movie list.
The movie is based on a fake team called the Charlestown Chiefs.
In a town where the mills are closing, the team seems to be not far behind.
Paul Newman plays Reggie Dunlop, the coach/former star player.
Reggie is not above using a dirty trick or two to manipulate his teammates or psyche out opposing players, and cheerfully gets physical when he has to.
Even Reggie recoils in disgust, however, when his tightwad manager brings in the Hanson Brothers, three thick-lensed, thicker-headed goons who are more interested in fighting than playing Reggie's brand of "old-time hockey".
The language is often extremely brutal, and thats what makes it hilarious.
Dennis Lemieux scene is an alltime favorite of mine:
I could write a novel on this movie, but lets face it. We don't have that kind of time.
I'll leave you with this:
Reggie Dunlop: It's their rink, it's their ice, and it's their f*ckin' town. But tonight we got our fans with us!
[other players cheer]
Reggie Dunlop: They spent their own dough to get here, and they came here to see us! All right, let's show 'em what we got, guys! Get out there on the ice and let 'em know you're there. Get that f*ckin' stick in their side. Let 'em know you're there! Get that lumber in his teeth. Let 'em know you're there!
Ned Braden: Bleed all over 'em. Let 'em know you're there.
Reggie Dunlop: Give 'em a good warm-up, Denis. Come on, fellas.
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