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Kingpin (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 26 July 1996 (USA)
A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches.
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King Pin is the story of one young man and how far he is willing to go to protect his family.

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The Gambler
William Jordan ...
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Owner Of Stiffy's
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Thomas
Prudence Wright Holmes ...
Mrs. Boorg
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Stanley Osmanski
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Calvert Munson (as Danny Green)
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Mark Charpentier ...
1979 Bowling Buddy
Brad Faxon ...
1979 Bowling Buddy
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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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The movie the Olympuk comitee wouldn't allow you to see. 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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,582,000, 28 July 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,944,213, 13 October 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,200,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the final tournament, the announcer says there is a Cinderella story shaping up here, referring to one of Bill Murray's famous scenes in Caddyshack (1980). See more »

Goofs

Despite the popular urban legend, putting sugar into a gas tank will not ruin a car's engine (although it is very inconvenient). Sugar does not dissolve in gasoline, so although the crystals could potentially clog the fuel filters or injectors (requiring both them and the tank to be cleaned) it doesn't cause the massive damage that the legend suggests. See more »

Quotes

Ishmael: No way. Uh-huh. There's no way I can bet. It's against my religion. I was raised to *not* be a gambler. There's no way I'm going to bet.
Roy: Hey, hey, Ish. Ish! *Ish*!
Ishmael: No. No! *No* way!
Roy: Hey! Listen, you stupid banana head! You don't have to bet. I'll bet for you.
Ishmael: Oh, that's cool. I mean, what's the worst that can happen?
[Roy agrees by gesturing with his hook and then looks at it awkwardly]
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the final credits, there is a scene with Roy's landlady. See more »

Connections

Referenced in There's Something About Mary (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Interlude in Eggplant
Performed and Written by Alfons Kettner
Artist Courtesy of DSM Inc.
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Bill Murray at his best!
10 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Bill Murray pretty much steals the show every time he's on the screen. He's sleazy, he's smarmy and he's very funny. With that comb-over going nuts at the big game, and his victory dance at the end makes Kingpin that much better. That's not saying that the rest of the film isn't good, it is. Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid and Vanessa Angel make a very odd partnership. An Amish bowling whiz, a one handed ex-bowler, and a very sexy hustler scheme and dream to make it to Reno, but of course they have to beat Big Ern.


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