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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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Taglines:

A movie with a lot of balls. 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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the big bowling tournament at the end, an unseen person in the stands yells "Attaboy, Luther!". Everytime Don Knotts character speaks in public in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), an unseen person also yells "Attaboy, Luther!". See more »

Goofs

When Munsen's hand is cut off in the generator his "1979 state championship ring" doesn't get shredded with it, as his character still uses it on his rubber hand. See more »

Quotes

Ernie McCracken: One more time, sweetness.
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Crazy Credits

Closing dedication: This movie is dedicated to the memory of Jack S. Krevoy (as Jack Krevoy) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shadow Warrior (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Spring Rain
Performed by The Go-Betweens
Written by Robert Forster and Grant McLennan
Artist Courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records
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Low-brow +disgusting equals fun!
1 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Before "There's Something About Mary" or "Me myself and Irene" there was Kingpin. Kingpin is a comedic masterpiece-not many comedies make me laugh out loud like this one. If the Farrellys were not attached this movie wouldn't be half as great as it was (This film was originally written by Barry Fanaro, and Mort Nathan) Roy Munson was a bowling champion in the late 1970s. Roy retires after a dirty trick pulled by Ernie McCracken costs him to lose his hand. Roy becomes an alcoholic and sinks very low going as far as sleeping with his repellent, disgusting Landlord. He meets up with Ishmael Boorg (Randy Quaid) in a bowling alley. After some convincing talks him into driving down to reno and enlist in a bowling contest. This is the Farrelly's second movie after dumb and dumber, and is some ways, a lot funnier. Bill Murray is genius and ad libs most of his lines. Woody Harrelson does a great job; He goes as far as shaving his head and goes all the way to look like a dead-beat. Randy Quaid is innocent and funny. **** stars.


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