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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)
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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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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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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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28 February 2008 (Australia)  »

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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters  »

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

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

Several of those depicted in the documentary, including Wiebe and Mitchell themselves, claim that it does not accurately depict events. For example, Wiebe and Mitchell were, and still are, on much friendlier terms than is suggested, and another player's record was in place during some of the events but is omitted. The director has conceded to many of these claims in statements, arguing that the fictionalized account is more entertaining. See more »

Goofs

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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Billy Mitchell: No matter what I say, it draws controversy. It's sort of like the abortion issue.
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Published by Music & Media International o/b/o Mike Chapman Publishing (ASCAP)
Performed by Animotion
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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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