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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)
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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 ...
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Brian Kuh ...
Himself - Donkey Kong Expert
Zack Hample ...
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Barbara Mitchell ...
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Jon Farley ...
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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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$51,493 (USA) (17 August 2007)

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$674,925 (USA) (19 October 2007)
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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 »

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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 »

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Great Documentary
10 September 2007 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I totally disagree with the characterization that Billy Mitchell is made the villain and Steve Weibe the heroic underdog. This film did a great job of just letting each person fill in the colors for themselves. At the end, when Billy Mitchell's finally turning hypocrisy inside out, there are a few shots inserted finally that show that the filmmakers notice what is going on, but that is the extent of it.

This is a great film. Like the film American Movie, it is a whirlwind in which the power and depth of the material is remarkable, and yet it is incredibly compelling to watch, start to finish.

Another important point is that the film is not only a great treatise on individual psychology and what our winning-obsessed culture has wrought, but a great meditation on how the various types are fostered by and then fuel their immediate relations.


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