I don't believe it's legal to throw a puck film festival, especially an inaugural one, without honoring the following film. So, with that in mind, we bring this first festival to a close with a few clips from that much beloved all time puck classic...
...a 1977 Hollywood film starring Paul Newman and Michael Ontkean and directed by George Roy Hill. The film is based on a book written by Nancy Dowd, based in part on her brother Ned Dowd's experiences playing minor league hockey in the United States in the seventies, during which time violence, especially in the low minors, was the selling point of the game.
The movie has had an enduring impact on hockey culture. Key lines of script are frequently quoted, some of its terms entering the hockey lexicon outright. Its enduring popularity can be seen in the fact that replica Chiefs jerseys from the movie remain popular sellers, and that the "Hanson Brothers" (hockey players Steve Carlson, Jeff Carlson and Dave Hanson) have made permanent careers out of touring as their personas from the movie.
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So, with the cheers of those hockey loving fans from that last scene still ringing in our ears we bring to a close the first Odd Man Rush Film Festival . Most likely we'll do it again sometime down the road. I must say though, this first one seemed to go quite well. I hope to see you all at the after-party to celebrate. It promises to be a blast, everybody will be there (except Paris). Please try to stop by...
If they hassle you at the door just tell them your invitation comes from Keyser Söze. Those are the magic words.
*** If your interested...Here's a fairly comphrehensive list of all the hockey movies ever made (I didn't spot any they missed, maybe you can) ....We featured a few of them this time around but as you can see we got a loooooong way to go and a lot of Hockey films out there to track down for future installments of Odd Man Film Fests. If you find any clips out there in your travels through the internets let me know. I'd appreciate it greatly.