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Kingpin (1996)

 -  Comedy | Sport  -  26 July 1996 (USA)
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A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches.

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Storyline

Roy Munson was raised to be the best bowler in the world (trained early on by his father). But a fellow bowler, Ernie McCracken and a misunderstanding with some rough punks, leaves poor Roy with the loss of his bowling hand! Not to let this get him down, he gets a prosthetic hand and becomes a travelling sales man. But it's really all down hill for him from that night on until ... One day he meets Ishmael who is Amish and sneaks away from the farm to bowl (his fellow Amish would disown him if they knew)! Roy convinces Ishmael to let him be his trainer and he'll make him the best bowler the world has ever seen. Reluctantly Ishmael agrees to go on the road and shortly afterwards actually finds that life outside the farm is quite fun. Soon their paths cross that of Ernie McCracken who is still a top ranking bowler. While Roy's career and life have landed in the toilet bowl, Ernie is still drawing huge crowds and all the babes! They both square off for the ultimate bowling championship ..... Written by Jane Byron Dean <McGinty@aol.com>

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You wouldn't want to meet these pinheads in an alley. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude sex-related humor and a drug scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kingpin - Estes Loucos Reis do Boliche  »

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,582,000 (USA) (26 July 1996)

Gross:

$24,944,213 (USA) (11 October 1996)
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Trivia

Bill Murray really bowled three strikes in a row in the scene where his character, Ernie McCracken does the same. The crowd's reaction is genuine and is actually for Murray. Woody Harrelson, on the other hand, was a terrible bowler and according to the Farrelly brothers maybe got one or two strikes throughout the filming. See more »

Goofs

During the Reno tournament, there are several instances where you can see the scoreboard above the lanes. Each time, the scoreboard has multiple names under each of the lane headings despite the fact that only one bowler is on each lane. See more »

Quotes

Ishmael: I didn't want to be the one to tell him, but with those narrow hips, that girl couldn't have more than 6 or 7 children!
[snickering]
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Crazy Credits

The Blues Traveler dressed as Amish performing in the final credits. See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Jeffersons (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Something in the Air
Performed by Thunderclap Newman
Written by John Keen
Artist Courtesy of Polydor Records Ltd.
by arrangement with PolyGram Film and TV Licensing
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User Reviews

 
A completely underrated comedy
12 February 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Kingpin, (despite what you may think) is a ground breaking comedy. Don't let the unpopularity of the people's recognition of this film missguide you; it is a truly hilarious film.

Woody Harrelson plays the ultimate dead-beat. A washed up ex-professional bowler. A man who's become a disgrace. A man who would rather float around in his existence as a mortal wound of obscurity and drink himself to death, than possibly making something of himself again. He meets up with a dense amish kid named Ishmael. Ishmael's so stupid, so naive and oblivious

of what's going on around him--that he makes it funny.

Bill Murray appears off and on in this twisted picture--and all of his screen time is absolutely precious . Kingpin is a piece of comedic gold, that many have overlooked....


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