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Kingpin (1996)

PG-13  |   |  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:

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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,004,340 (UK) (19 July 1996)

Gross:

$24,944,213 (USA) (11 October 1996)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Roy's car is a 1972 Cutlass Convertible. 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: [to Ernie McCracken] I don't know who the heck you think you are, but if you don't wiggle those child-bearing hips out that door in 5 seconds, you're gonna find your nose sniffing my big Amish ass!
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At the end of the final credits, there is a scene with Roy's landlady. See more »

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Featured in A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (2004) See more »

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Soon Enough
Performed and Written by Josh Clayton-Felt
Artist Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc.
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great cast = great laughs
29 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

Back in the '70s, Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson) was a bowling phenomenon. He was none too sharp about picking friends, though, and the champion he had to beat, "Big Ern," takes him under his supposedly friendly wing. Big Ern (Bill Murray) shows him the high living lifestyle, and induces him to go on the road with him, hustling small town bowlers. A couple of the men he bilks take exception to the scam, and show their displeasure with Roy by mangling his hand. Twenty years later, Roy (who now has a hook in place of his hand), earns his living as a salesman. On a visit to a bowling alley, he cannot help but notice the incredible talents of an Amish boy, Ishmael (Randy Quaid). Bowling is not part of the Amish lifestyle, but Ishmael occasionally sneaks into the bowling alley and plays a frame or two. Roy takes Ishmael under his wing, and together with Vanessa Angel they begin a quest for bowling success. Kingpin is funny, due to a great cast and good writing, gotta love Bill Murray.


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