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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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Complete credited cast:
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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Uncle Harrison ...
Himself - Marlon's Uncle
Hattie Hill ...
Herself - Marlon's Mother
Jimmy ...
Himself
Joe ...
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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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This film is rated 1900. See more »

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References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

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Across the Universe
Written by John Lennon (as Lennon) & Paul McCartney (as McCartney)
Performed by Andrew Chaikin and Austin Willacy
Also performed by Joel Sherman
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Best Scrabble® Documentary to date
30 April 2004 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

This film is without a doubt the best Scrabble® Documentary film yet made. The story follows the efforts of four very different top-level Scrabble® players in their attempt to win the title of 2002 National Scrabble Champion. The directors highlight the disparate backgrounds and approaches to the game of the four principles, from the Tai Chi of 3 time champion Joe Edley to the mind-enhancing pharmaceuticals of Matt Graham. The film uses engaging graphics to explain how Scrabble® is played at the pro-level, and to highlight brilliant plays and anagrams. The audience gets a chance to "play along" with many plays of the main characters and many others on the tournament circuit. In addition, the story takes a foray into the subculture of "the parkies", the serious Scrabble®-playing denizens of Washington Square Park, NYC, and the history of the controversy that created the two dictionaries in use for Scrabble® today, one for the tournament players, and one for the general public.

By focusing on the people and not history of the game, Word Wars shows the tournament Scrabble® scene at its most human.


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