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Word Wars (2004)

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

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Joe Edley ...
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Matt Graham ...
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Marlon Hill ...
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Joel Sherman ...
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Brian Cappelletto ...
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Aldo Cardia ...
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Chris ...
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Lynn Cushman ...
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Jan Dixon ...
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Stefan Fatsis ...
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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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$5,613 (USA) (25 June 2004)

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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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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 12 June 2004 (2004) See more »

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Word Wars is an amazing, exhilarating, and interesting film!
3 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Word Wars, a comical documentary that traces the lives and study habits of four Scrabble enthusiasts, is fun and interesting from the beginning. Eric Chaikin, the brilliant writer and director, uses awesome, eye-catching graphics in the opening credits. From there, we are introduced to the "characters", each of whom has a unique, intriguing lifestyle. The film teaches the Scrabble basics, and draws the audience into the fun and competitiveness on the Scrabble circuit. We see the players as they train for the National Scrabble championships. Whether studying by means of meditation, or by means of playing endless games of Scrabble and memorizing volumes of words, all the players share a profound love for the game. I absolutely loved Word Wars. I loved the intense competition, and I loved the comical presentation of the Scrabble Circuit. Word Wars is a must see!


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