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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.

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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

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Make it Special. See more »

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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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23 December 2005 (USA)  »

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The line "When the fuck did we get ice cream?" wasn't scripted and you can see that Johnny Knoxville is trying hard not to laugh after it is said. See more »

Goofs

When riding in the car with Lynn, Jeffy's seat belt is alternately on/off between shots. See more »

Quotes

Thomas: This is my doberman candy.
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Connections

References Chariots of Fire (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Pretty Girls
Written by Carl Brown, Shelly Goodhope, Tanesa Tavin, Daniel Brattain, Veronica Mendez, Darrell Mitchell,
Albert Cota, Chantel Roquemore and Michael Monagan
Performed by The Kids Of Widney High
Courtesy of Michael Monagan
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I saw The Ringer last night

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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