Goon (2011)

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  • IMDb page: Goon (2011)
  • Rate: 7.2/10 total 7,152 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Sport
  • Release Date: 6 January 2012 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 92 min
  • Filming Location: Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
  • Director: Michael Dowse
  • Stars: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Alison Pill
  • Original Music By: Ramachandra Borcar (original music by)  
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Hockey | Bouncer | Team | Misfit | Interrupted Sex

Writing Credits By:

  • Jay Baruchel (screenplay) &
  • Evan Goldberg (screenplay)
  • Adam Frattasio (novel "Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey") &
  • Doug Smith (novel "Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey")

Known Trivia

  • Kevin Smith originally cast ‘Sean William Scott’ as the main character, a goon called Buddy McKraken, in the hockey-themed movie Hit Somebody. In November 2010, Smith announced in his podcast Hollywood Babble-On that the role would instead go to Nicholas Braun who worked with him on Red State. Smith had previously worked with William Scott on Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and Cop Out.
  • The character of Doug Glatt plays for two teams in the movie: The Orangetown Assassins, who wear orange and black uniforms; and the Halifax Highlanders, whose logo is the letter H with a dot on the right side and wings on the left. Both are allusions to the NHL team Philadelphia Flyers, who have a similar logo and wore a similar style of uniforms in the past.
  • The film is based on the book “Goon: The True Story of an Unlikely Journey into Minor League Hockey” by Adam Frattasio and Doug Smith. Footage from Smith’s career as a hockey enforcer is shown during the films credits.
  • Jay Baruchel wanted to adapt the novel into a film after noticing a lack of hockey comedies in recent years.
  • Seann William Scott gained weight for the role of Doug Glatt, as well as taking intensive skating lessons and fighting on ice.
  • In an interview with hockey blog Puck Daddy, Liev Schreiber notes that he was inspired by former hockey enforcer Bob Probert. As an homage to the player, he taped his wrists for the film, just as Probert had done when he played.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: Halifax's home games were filmed at the PCU Centre in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. In some shots, the PCU Centre logo can be seen on the scoreboard. There are also scoreboard advertisements for Meyers Norris Penny, which does not have offices in Atlantic Canada.

Plot: Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.  »

Story: Labeled an outcast by his brainy family, a bouncer overcomes long odds to lead a team of under performing misfits to semi-pro hockey glory, beating the crap out of everything that stands in his way.


Synopsis: Doug Glatt (Seann William Scott) from Massachusetts, feels ostracized from his family, his father (Eugene Levy) and brother both being doctors. One day he attends a minor league hockey game with his friend Pat (Jay Baruchel). Pat taunts the visiting team during a fight and one of their players climbs into the stands. Doug, in defense of his friend, quickly knocks him out, which prompts the rest of the crowd to cheer him on. Soon after, Doug gets a phone call from the coach of his hometown team who offers him a job as an enforcer, a player whose role is to protect his teammates and act as a deterrent by hitting or fighting opposing players who take liberties with his teammates.

In the meantime, veteran enforcer and Doug’s idol Ross "The Boss" Rhea (Liev Schreiber) is demoted to the minors after serving a 20 game suspension for slashing an opponent in the head from behind. Three years prior, Rhea hit and concussed the highly skilled prospect Xavier Laflamme (Marc-Andre Grondin) who has had trouble recovering from that incident due to the fear of being hit, being stuck in the minors and falling in with the wrong crowd. After earning himself the nickname "The Thug", Doug is called up to Canada and hired by Laflamme’s team, the Halifax Highlanders, to protect Laflamme and be his roommate.

The Highlanders experience success with Doug as their primary enforcer, and he quickly gains popularity among fans and teammates much to the chagrin of his parents and Laflamme, particularly after losing ice time and the alternate-captaincy to Doug. Doug becomes romantically involved with Eva (Alison Pill), a hockey fan with a penchant for players.

With 4 games left on their schedule, the Highlanders need two wins to secure a playoff spot. On a road game in Quebec, after an opposing player concusses Laflamme with a heavy hit, Doug savagely beats the player unconscious and is suspended for the next game against Rhea and the St. John’s Shamrocks. Doug encounters Rhea at a diner, where Rhea dismisses Doug’s claim that he is a hockey player, calling him a goon. Rhea warns him that if they ever meet on the ice, he will "lay him the fuck out." The Highlanders, with Doug suspended and Laflamme hospitalized, lose to the Shamrocks.

Doug reaches out to Laflamme, and promises him he will always have his back on the ice. In their next game, the Highlanders lead 1-0 thanks to renewed teamwork between Doug and Laflamme. In the dying seconds, Doug blocks a slapshot with his face and his ankle is broken in the ensuing scramble. The Highlanders win, but need a win against Rhea and the Shamrocks in their last game for a playoff spot.

After two periods, the Shamrocks are beating the Highlanders 2-0. Rhea and Doug drop the gloves in the third period, and dole out and receive physical punishment during the fight. Doug is knocked down first, but Rhea calls off the referees and allows him to get back up. Doug manages to break Rhea’s nose, but breaks his previously injured ankle in the process. Doug manages to stand back up and knocks out Rhea with a vicious cross. Eva and his teammates help a seriously injured Doug off the ice and Laflamme, inspired by Doug’s efforts and Rhea’s demise, scores a hat-trick to lead the Highlanders to a 3-2 victory and a play-off berth. While being comforted by Eva in the locker room, Doug victoriously comments, "I think I nailed him."

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Produced By:

  • Theodore Bressman known as associate producer
  • Don Carmody known as producer
  • Jesse Chabot known as associate producer
  • Ian Dimerman known as producer
  • Hartley Gorenstein known as line producer
  • David Gross known as producer
  • Kyle Hunter known as associate producer
  • André Rouleau known as producer
  • Ariel Shaffir known as associate producer
  • Jesse Shapira known as producer
  • Ben Silverman known as co-executive producer
  • Mark Slone known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Seann William Scott known as Doug Glatt
  • Jay Baruchel known as Ryan
  • Alison Pill known as Eva
  • Liev Schreiber known as Ross Rhea
  • Eugene Levy known as Dr. Glatt
  • Marc-André Grondin known as Xavier Laflamme
  • Kim Coates known as Ronnie Hortense
  • Nicholas Campbell known as Rollie Hortense
  • Richard Clarkin known as Gord Ogilvey
  • Jonathan Cherry known as Marco Belchier
  • Ricky Mabe known as John Stevenson
  • George Tchortov known as Evgeni
  • Karl Graboshas known as Oleg
  • Larry Woo known as Park Kim
  • Steve Sim known as Backup Goalie (as Stephen Sim)
  • Ellen David known as Mrs. Glatt
  • David Paetkau known as Ira Glatt
  • Mike Bell known as Donovan
  • Jeff Strome known as Oldfield
  • Jeff Wahl known as Reg (as Jeff Scott Wahl)
  • Dave Wheeler known as Sportscaster
  • Bryan Clark known as Bartender
  • David Duncan known as Darren
  • Patricia Edgar known as Elderly Waitress
  • James Durham known as Customer
  • Jeff Bromley known as Guy
  • Don Carmody known as Guy in Leather Jacket
  • Kalyn Bomback known as Kelly
  • Dominick Blais known as O'Sullivan
  • Curt Keilback known as Rod McCaudry
  • James Knight known as Rod
  • Amy Groening known as Teenage Singer
  • Ali Hassan known as Uncle Stevie
  • Sean Skene known as Assassin #1
  • Gabriel Daniels known as Blanko
  • Ken St. Mars known as Hamilton defenseman
  • Derrick Pollanski known as Lowell Kings opponent
  • Tim Kiriluk known as Mirimachi opponent #1
  • Lance 'The Snake' Cartwright known as Mirimachi opponent #2 (as Lance Cartwright)
  • Georges Laraque known as Huntington
  • Veronica Malinowski known as Paris Hilton lookalike
  • Geoff Banjavich known as Brandon
  • Mark Olafson known as Flannerty
  • David Lawrence known as Richard
  • Marc Joyal known as Quebec Fab
  • Brandy Jaques known as Stripper
  • Howard Jerome known as Mr. Cohen
  • Aron Tager known as Mr. Goldsmith
  • Sidney Leeder known as Young Woman
  • Sarah Scheffer known as Barbara Cohen
  • Shailee Ferguson known as BGP (uncredited)
  • Braeley Hobbs known as Rachel (uncredited)
  • Mitchell Kummen known as Autograph seeker (uncredited)
  • Christian Lalonde known as Simard (uncredited)
  • Terry Ray known as Assassin Player (uncredited)
  • Mike Smith known as Production Assisstant #2 (uncredited)
  • Clayton T. Stewart known as Crazy Fan (uncredited)
  • John Paul Tremblay known as Production Assisstant #3 (uncredited)
  • Robb Wells known as Production Assisstant #1 (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Lori Caputi known as key hair stylist
  • Nina Kvaternik known as assistant makeup artist
  • Jennifer Machnee known as makeup artist
  • Brenda Magalas known as key makeup artist
  • Doug Morrow known as special makeup effects artist
  • Alisha Talbot known as makeup artist

Art Department:

  • Crystal Biloski known as assistant art director
  • Bruce Cook known as head carpenter
  • Alexis Labra known as on-set dresser
  • Jamie Lou Morneau known as art department coordinator
  • Jonathan Van Winkle known as graphic artist
  • Sean Vizsy known as art director: second unit


Production Companies:

  • No Trace Camping
  • Caramel Film
  • Don Carmody Productions
  • Inferno Pictures Inc.


  • Alliance Films (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Magnet Releasing (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Eagle Films (2011) (Non-USA) (all media) (middle east)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Olivier Bonenfant known as visual effects artist
  • Pierre Bonnette known as visual effects artist
  • Jessica Kardos known as visual effects coordinator
  • Serge Perreault known as visual effects coordinator
  • Philippe Toupin known as visual effects artist

Release Date:

  • Canada 10 September 2011 (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • Ireland 6 January 2012
  • UK 6 January 2012
  • Malta 15 February 2012
  • Canada 24 February 2012
  • USA 24 February 2012 (Video On Demand)
  • Russia 1 March 2012
  • USA 30 March 2012 (limited)

MPAA: Rated R for brutal violence, non-stop language, some strong sexual content and drug use


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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