I Like to Watch (Instantly): Slap Shot, The Hunger
Notable titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world
Slap Shot (1977)
Directed by George Roy Hill
Cast: Paul Newman, Michael Ontkean, Jerry Houser, Andrew Duncan, Jennifer Warren, Lindsay Crouse
Besides having the most eloquently foul-mouthed script this side of Repo Man, Slap Shot is also notable for its utterly authentic backdrop of depressing, beer-swilling, industrial Northeast gloom (it’s set in Pennsylvania, but shot in upstate NY). Gleefully violent and crass, this film is nonetheless a class act with great comic timing and rich character work by Paul Newman, Lindsay Crouse, and Strother Martin. But it’s Nancy Dowd’s game-changing original screenplay that deserves most of the praise. Clean widescreen copy too.