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Word Wars (2004)

Unrated | | Documentary, Comedy | January 2004 (USA)
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A look at the obsessive world of competitive Scrabble.
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Complete credited cast:
Joe Edley ...
Matt Graham ...
Marlon Hill ...
Joel Sherman ...
Himself (as 'G.I.' Joel Sherman)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Cappelletto ...
Aldo Cardia ...
Himself (as Aldo)
Chris ...
Lynn Cushman ...
Jan Dixon ...
Stefan Fatsis ...
Uncle Harrison ...
Himself - Marlon's Uncle
Hattie Hill ...
Herself - Marlon's Mother
Jimmy ...
Joe ...


The classic board game, Scrabble, has been popular for decades. In addition, there are fanatics who devote heart and soul to this game to the expense of everything else. This film profiles a group of these enthusiasts as they converge for a Scrabble convention where the word game is almost a bloodsport. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tiles and Tribulations on the Scrabble Circuit  »

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$5,613 (USA) (25 June 2004)


$60,802 (USA) (25 June 2004)

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The last line in the credits reads "This film is rated 1900" - a reference to the National Scrabble Association rating system (1700 and above is considered an expert rating; typically only elite players get to 1900 and up). See more »

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If you liked the book, check out the movie
2 June 2004 | by (San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

This movie was inspired by Stefan Fatsis' book Word Freak. I read the book last year and really liked it, so I was looking forward to seeing the movie, which is peopled by some of the same characters. But even if you haven't read the book, the movie is still quite enjoyable. It begins several months before a National Scrabble tournament, and follows four competitors as they go through their trials and tribulations leading up to it.

The filmmakers had fun with anagramming throughout the movie, and did a very good job with letting the competitors speak for themselves. Like the book, the filmmakers visit the various sites the game is played, from living rooms to a park in New York to various competitions around the country.

If you enjoy playing Scrabble with friends, then you will definitely like this movie, which takes the game to a completely new level.

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