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Way of the Puck -- What is it like to be a champion at a sport nobody knows about? A caricaturist, a clinical psychologist, a Buddhist wanderer, and an importer of wind-up musical jewelry boxes battle each other for air hockey world supremacy

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A documentary film about professional air hockey. Really.
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A caricaturist, a clinical psychologist, a Buddhist wanderer, and an importer of wind-up musical jewelry boxes battle each other for air hockey world domination--and battle the world to save their beloved sport from extinction. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Mark Robbins ... Mark the Guru
Michael Rosen ... Michael the Entrepreneur
Tim Weissman ... Tim the Ex-Champ
Andy Yevish ... Andy the Promoter
Lou Marinoff ... Lou the Philosopher

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Eric D. Anderson 
 
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Eric D. Anderson 

Produced by
Eric D. Anderson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Brian Hawlk 
Santiago Steps 
 
Cinematography by
Eric D. Anderson 
 
Film Editing by
Eric D. Anderson 
 
Sound Department
Michael Babcock .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Music Department
Aaron Solomon .... composer: theme music
 

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USA:81 min
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If not quite a great film, it's an enjoyable and human one, 3 January 2015
Author: runamokprods from US

Unfortunately and unfairly this lies in the shadow of the similar, better known, and arguably better made "King of Kong" which came out a year later, Both are funny but compassionate looks at the 'outsider' communities of adults who play a kids game in a serious, competitive way. Both poke gentle fun at those who have made these 'sports' the center of their lives (air hockey in the case of "Way of the Puck", old-fashioned arcade video games in the case of "King of Kong"). But both also show admiration for the dedication and passion shown by those who form these communities of misfits.

"The Way of the Puck" is entertaining, although it does get a bit repetitive at times. It also makes a decent case for why air-hockey really IS a sport, and just how hard it is to play it really, really well. If not quite a great film, it's an enjoyable and human one.

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