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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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Leonard Flowers ...
Steve Levy ...
Steve Levy
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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Comedy | Sport

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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 USA:

$7,702,439, 25 December 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,424,335, 26 March 2006
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2.35 : 1
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It took seven years to get the film made. See more »


When Steve and the friends are having the water fight, Glen starts off wet at the beginning of the scene then he is dry in the next shot. See more »


Steve Barker: Jeffy just doesn't know what's happening to his body...
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References I Am Sam (2001) See more »


Written by Tom Wolfe
Performed by The Tasters
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A Really Great Movie
1 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

The Ringer, a story about a man who rigs the Special Olympics to gain money for him and his uncle, is a surprisingly good movie. Reading the premise and seeing the commercials for this movie probably won't give you much reason to see it. It comes across as an insensitive, politically incorrect film that degrades mentally challenged people and pokes fun at the Special Olymics when it is actually not like that at all. There is a great message behind the film. Johnny Knoxville as Jeffy is great, not the insensitive jerk he may seem to be from Jackass. Brian Cox plays a great Uncle Gary, and Katherine Heigl is wonderfully sweet as Lynn. Besides a little language, this is a film for all ages. This New Year, check out The Ringer if you want a laugh and a heartwarming story.

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