5.8/10
32,074
158 user 90 critic

The Ringer (2005)

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

Director:

Writer:

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Special has been redefined. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El farsante  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$35,424,335 (USA) (24 March 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Terry Funk: one of the bookies. See more »

Goofs

When Jeffy and Lynn went out to lunch, Jeffy's handkerchief, which is tucked into his shirt, switches from being narrow to wide several times, and eventually disappears completely. See more »

Quotes

Winston: Hey steve, ask me *any* movie.
Steve Barker: Okay, hmm..."Jaws"
Winston: That's a good movie.
See more »

Connections

References According to Jim (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Wink and a Nod
Written by Tom Wolfe
Performed by The Funny Bones
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

This Movie Is Great For Special Olympic Athletes!
16 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As Head of Delegation for a Special Olympic Texas team who has athletes featured in this movie, I have to take exception with the concept of assuming the athletes are being teased and made fun of in this movie. I spent most of 3 months on the set watching the filming 2 years ago and I know how very carefully Special Olympics International has watched the development of this movie. They have been involved in every aspect of this movie, from script development to final product. I also know how very careful Special Olympics is with putting their seal of approval on projects. They simply do not endorse ANYTHING, yet they are completely and 100% behind this movie.

I have seen the movie and can't wait to take every member of my team. Many of them have seen the movie and indeed are in it. At the premiere in Austin December 6 my athletes were howling with laughter and having a great time. While I will admit that Johnny Knoxville, the Farrelly Brothers and Special Olympics do not seem to make the best mix in the world, this works. And it is a beautiful movie. There are a few dirty words (like Forrest Gump) and a few tasteless jokes, but it is screamingly funny and has worlds of heart. The athletes are always, ALWAYS treated with the utmost respect. Unlike most movies about the mentally handicapped, there are major parts in this movie played by genuine special Olympic athletes, and they used some 200 special Olympic extra's. This was a labor of love, on both sides of the camera. It deserves to be viewed and respected. The producers had a vision of bringing to life and light the fact that mentally challenged people are well rounded and enjoyable people. They did it beautifully. Go see the movie and laugh with all your heart.


189 of 236 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page