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The Ringer (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 23 December 2005 (USA)
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A young guy's only option to erase a really bad debt is to rig the Special Olympics by posing as a contestant.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Taylor ...
Leonard Flowers ...
Steve Levy ...
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Michael (as Al 'Train' Dias)


This comedy is about two guys who decide to rig the Special Olympics to pay off a debt by having one of them, Steve (Knoxville), pose as a contestant in the games, hoping to dethrone reigning champion, Jimmy. Mentally-challenged high jinks and hilarity surely follow. Written by bfluehr

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Only a jackass would fix the Special Olympics See more »


Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and some drug references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El farsante  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$7,702,439 (USA) (23 December 2005)


$35,424,335 (USA) (24 March 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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This film has been given a blessing by the Special Olympics. See more »


During the nighttime scene, when David drops off Jeffy and the other athletes (after the movie theater scene), Winston says "when the fuck did we get ice cream?" and you can see Jeffy close his eyes and start to laugh, breaking character. This is also mentioned in the commentary track by Johnny Knoxville. See more »


Gary: What? Since when did tard become politically incorrect?
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References The Magnificent Seven (1960) See more »


Kellerman's Anthem
Written by Michael Goldman
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I saw The Ringer last night
26 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are so many people who have a difficult time with the holiday season, and I guess I'm one of them. I was able to take my family to see The Ringer last night and I'm SO glad I did. I had reservations, once the movie started. I knew very little about it, and, certainly was not aware of the Special Olympics endorsement. I wasn't sure how they were going to portray the special people. However, as the characters were developed, this movie became so heartwarming and genuine that I left with tears because it blessed me so. Maybe I'm the one who is screwed up, and I'm certainly no professional when dealing with handicaps, but I am a substitute teacher and have often been blessed to be assigned to the special needs classes, so I have been around many special students. I loved this movie. It helped me to get some issues of my own in perspective and gave my whole family a real feel-good experience. I have read the comments of others, and it appears to me, the people who were most critical hadn't even seen the film.

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