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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)
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Diehard video game fans compete to break World Records on classic arcade games.

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About rivals battling for supremacy in vidgame 'Donkey Kong.'

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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 ...
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Himself
Barbara Mitchell ...
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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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$51,493 (USA) (17 August 2007)

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$674,925 (USA) (19 October 2007)
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As of 10 January 2011, Hank Chien holds the world record with 1,068,000 points. 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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Mike Thompson: I've heard a lot of talk of Billy Mitchell, and I've heard a lot of talk of strange videos and things. But I haven't heard much in the way of him getting in front of a camera crew with people and getting a record in front of people. I haven't heard about that yet. Maybe he did that 25 years ago. But I haven't heard of him doing it lately, and it makes you wonder why not.
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Original and Inspirational
23 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Maybe the best documentary I have seen in years... A must-see for anyone who loves rooting for the underdog. King of Kong tells the story of two men competing for the highest all-time score in the arcade classic Donkey Kong. Seth Gordon skillfully explores this whole American subculture of die-hard classic video gamers. The fact that this is all real (as opposed to a Christopher Guest style mockumentary) makes it all the more hilarious, but above all this is a true story of inspiration that should appeal to anyone regardless of whether they know anything about video games. In a country dominated by politically-fused documentary/movie propaganda, we need more films like this to remind us of how wonderfully weird we can be. Michael Moore eat your heart out.


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