SLAP SHOT
1977, Universal, 122 min, USA, Dir: George Roy Hill

Director George Roy Hill (BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID) and writer Nancy Dowd (Best Screenplay winner for COMING HOME) bring to the screen this incredibly funny and foul-mouthed saga of a has-been hockey team from a dying-on-the-vine Pennsylvania town. Paul Newman is both the team’s coach and a player who strives for a winning strategy. When an atypical fit of violence erupts in the rink, it creates a surprising spike in the team’s popularity, and Newman suddenly has a guaranteed approach to bring in the fans. Co-starring Michael Ontkean as a fish-out-of-water Ivy League player disgruntled by the bad sportsmanship, Strother Martin as the team’s manager, Jerry Houser as Dave “Killer” Carlson and Jennifer Warren as Newman’s long-suffering beautician wife. Reportedly Newman’s favorite of his films. "Easily the greatest hockey film ever made. …Paul Newman stars as the coach/player for a second-rate team who can't win and can't even get arrested until they hire three brothers with Coke-bottle glasses named the Hansons. These three violent goons begin beating other players to a pulp in every game, not only drawing attention to the team but beginning a winning streak. …Irreverent and very funny." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, combustiblecelluloid.com


EYES OF LAURA MARS
1978, Sony Repertory, 104 min, USA, Dir: Irvin Kershner

Fashion photographer Laura Mars (Faye Dunaway) can see through the eyes of a wanted serial killer as he commits crimes. When she proves her unbelievable ability to Detective John Neville (Tommy Lee Jones), the two join forces to find the murderer - before the murderer finds Laura. A fascinating thriller from director Irvin Kershner. Theoni V. Aldredge’s late 1970s glamour costumes have become legendary, and designer Marios Schwab cited the film as an influence for his fall 2010 collection for Halston.


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