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>
Peter Farrelly called the film's failure the biggest disappointment of their career, attributing the failure to its box office release during the 1996 Olympics. Farrelly said that it was crushing. However he said that 6-8 months later when the film was released on home video, it became a big hit. See more »
In the scene from 1969, where young Roy leaps over a fence, a 1973 full-size Buick on cement blocks can be seen in the background in the garage next door. See more »
[the caption reads "Ocelot, Iowa. 1969." Roy Munson's father is fueling a car at the Munson Service Center. He calls out to the driver:]
All set, Charlie!
[Young Roy, running, trips over a very low white picket fence, breaking half a picket as he runs to his dad]
Hey, Pa! You got time for a game before supper?
Go get your ball. I'll meet you out back.
[Mr. Munson has installed a very small bowling lane in the back yard]
Okay, Roy, come on, I want to see some smoke ...
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The Blues Traveler dressed as Amish performing in the final credits. See more »
Surely (I Love You)
Performed by Colin James And The Little Big Band
Written by James Bracken (as James Braken) and Marion Oliver
Artist Courtesy of EMI Music Canada/Virgin Records America Inc. See more »
Bobby and Peter Farrelly, the directors of "Kingpin" show a great flair for this type of comedy. Not having seen it when it first was released, we were lucky to catch it on cable the other night, and frankly, it proved to be a happy choice. The Farrellys had a good screen play by Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan to work with, as they showed a talent for assembling a wonderful cast to make this a winning comedy the fun and exciting film it is.
The best thing in the film are Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray. Mr. Harrelson plays Roy Munson, the man who love bowling, but through an unfortunate incident, loses his ability to play the sport he was born to play. Woody Harrelson is wonderful in his portrayal of Munson. Bill Murray's role is much smaller, but he does wonders with it. Best of all is the way we see him at the bowling tournament in Reno with his teased hair in disarray.
The rest of the cast is good. Randy Quaid as Ishmael Boorg, gives a funny reading of his naive character. Also the attractive Vanessa Angel plays the woman who has an interest in the game.
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