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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

The King of Kong (original title)
Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself - Donkey Kong Challenger
Mark Alpiger ...
Himself
Adam Wood ...
Himself
Walter Day ...
Himself - World's Video Game Referee
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Himself - Author: Master's Guide to Donkey Kong
Steven Krogman ...
Himself
Robert Mruczek ...
Himself - Head Referee, Twin Galaxies
Doris Self ...
Herself - Q*bert Contender
Todd Rogers ...
Himself
Brian Kuh ...
Himself - Donkey Kong Expert
Zack Hample ...
Himself
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Himself
Barbara Mitchell ...
Herself
Jon Farley ...
Himself
Nicole Wiebe ...
Herself - Steve's Wife
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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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28 February 2008 (Australia)  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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

The project originally began as a documentary about competitive gaming in general - it wasn't until the film was well into production that the crew discovered the events surrounding Wiebe and Mitchell, and decided to re-focus the film entirely on this rivalry. This largely accounts for the amount of coverage the film gives to minor players, such as the elderly Q-Bert champion. By the time production ended, over 300 hours of video had been shot. See more »

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The Donkey Kong cabinet that Steve Wiebe installs in his garage is a combo Donkey Kong/Donkey Kong Jr. cabinet, however the markings on the cabinet are those of a stand-alone Donkey Kong Jr. cabinet. Wiebe specially purchases and installs the "brains" (PCB) of the combo game into his Donkey Kong Jr. cabinet in the course of the movie. See more »

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Brian Kuh: You know, he's gonna have to play it perfectly, he's at the hardest part of Donkey Kong, and it's not gonna get any easier. So we may have an exciting moment here, or you know, the pressure may get to him, one of those random elements might happen. Sounds like he just cleared another board, but we could have a wild barrel, or some aggressive fireballs. I thought I was gonna be the first FunSpot kill screen, and then I had three fireballs trap me, I had the hammer in my hand, they still got me. ...
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References Carnival (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride of the Valkyries
Composed by Richard Wagner
Performed by Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Uwe Mund
Courtesy of Naxos of America
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Excellent, even if you hate video games
29 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Best movie I have seen in years. A wonderful stage is set up for a battle between good vs. evil. Will the underdog, who has been kicked down his entire life, reach his goal of scoring the highest Donkey Kong score ever? Will he meet face to face and defeat the evil, pompous villain in a match of "competitive gaming?" The protagonist is built up as a normal simpleton who has not been able to achieve his goals throughout life even with all the talent that he possesses. The antagonist is portrayed wonderfully as an arrogant hypocrite who thinks that the entire video game world revolves around him. You want nothing more than to see the villain fall down.


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