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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Himself - Donkey Kong Challenger
Mark Alpiger ...
Adam Wood ...
Walter Day ...
Himself - World's Video Game Referee
Himself - Author: Master's Guide to Donkey Kong
Steven Krogman ...
Robert Mruczek ...
Himself - Head Referee, Twin Galaxies
Doris Self ...
Herself - Q*bert Contender
Todd Rogers ...
Brian Kuh ...
Himself - Donkey Kong Expert
Zack Hample ...
Barbara Mitchell ...
Jon Farley ...
Nicole Wiebe ...
Herself - Steve's Wife


In the early 1980s, legendary Billy Mitchell set a Donkey Kong record that stood for almost 25 years. This documentary follows the assault on the record by Steve Wiebe, an earnest teacher from Washington who took up the game while unemployed. The top scores are monitored by a cadre of players and fans associated with Walter Day, an Iowan who runs Funspot, an annual tournament. Wiebe breaks Mitchell's record in public at Funspot, and Mitchell promptly mails a controversial video tape of himself setting a new record. So Wiebe travels to Florida hoping Mitchell will face him for the 2007 Guinness World Records. Will the mind-game-playing Mitchell engage; who will end up holding the record? Written by <>

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In the cutthroat world of Donkey Kong, only one can rule. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for a brief sexual reference | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 February 2008 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters  »

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$51,493 (USA) (17 August 2007)


$674,925 (USA) (19 October 2007)

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Steve Wiebe regained the title on September 20, 2010 with 1,064,500 points. See more »


In the scene in which Steve's son Derek is crying and shouting, the "Donkey Kong" sounds heard don't match the action shown on-screen. See more »


Mr. Awesome: Everything would've fell right into place, but he forgot about one thing: About me convincing Steve Wiebe not to be a chump, talking him out of chumpatizing himself.
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steve is my hero
10 February 2007 | by (eat it, america) – See all my reviews

This is an incredible documentary, and as with most great documentaries the story arises as the filming happens; it is not preconceived. The film starts out as a story about a battle between two gamers who each want to hold the donkey kong high score records, but what it turns into is a story about man vs. the empire(and not in a star wars sense). It is a story about how who you know is always everything and how much harder an everyman must work to make it in a world of networks. The story of these people, especially steve's, are really inspiring and you find yourself feeling all of the twists and turns of the film along with the characters. A truly wonderful film about human beings not just donkey kong.

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