Word Wars (2004)

Unrated  |   |  Documentary, Comedy  |  January 2004 (USA)
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A look at the obsessive world of competitive Scrabble.

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Complete credited cast:
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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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Tiles and Tribulations on the Scrabble Circuit  »

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$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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This film is rated 1900. See more »


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Pathetic, or enlightened?
18 July 2004 | by (SIlver Spring, MD) – See all my reviews

I have to disagree vehemently with littlesiddie (though I do love Cambridge, LS!) -- Word Wars is one of the funniest, most engrossing, and occasionally even touching movies I've seen in the past few years, and I don't even like Scrabble. The movie introduces us to 4 top Scrabble competitors, with very different backgrounds, personalities, and approaches to preparing for combat. Their stories reveal a lifestyle that is consumed with Scrabble, as the competitors spend hours memorizing obscure words and battling each other into the wee hours, oblivious to their surroundings, their poverty, their lack of girlfriends....Our heroes (no heroines; women apparently just aren't that obsessive) are at once pathetic, inspiring, and hilarious as we watch the tension build toward the ultimate showdown, the final test of memory, stamina, and individual dominance, the national championship for the big bonanza...grand prize $25,000. Are they just laughable geeks, with no sense of what's important in life? Or are they the truly enlightened, having found their Nirvana in the land of triple word scores? (Plus you learn a lot of cool words.)

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