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

Director: Seth Gordon
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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 ...
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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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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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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 »

Goofs

When Billy Mitchell is describing an analogy of top WWI fighter aces, he claims the top French ace shot down 24 enemy planes. In reality the top French pilot (René Fonck) shot down 75 enemy planes, He also claims the Red Baron shot down 87 enemy planes, when he only had 80 confirmed kills. See more »

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Billy Mitchell: Well, maybe they'd like it if I lose. I gotta try losing sometime.
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More fun then non-gamers should think
14 January 2008 | by (SoFla, UsA) – See all my reviews

Though this geeky arcade fighting flick may remain an acquired taste, The King of Kong feels like one of the more entertaining documentaries to emerge in years. Even though you would think the chief demographic of forty year old virgins and basement-ridden, antisocial, hardcore, old-school gamers would flip the bill, Kong immediately offers so much more on so many different levels of psychological and sociological intrigue that anyone not self-conscious enough to feel embarrassed for investing an emotional stake into a Donkey Kong showdown, (highlighting a bittersweet anti-climax) will find themselves deep inside a world they never thought imaginable.

The mock-epic tone, which so many supporting characters delightfully contribute to, feels seized by director Seth Gordon and infused into his charming take on good-vs-evil, letting this potentially inspiring metaphor stretch it's wings into a blossomed, well-rounded quirk-fest far more fun then it's rigorous gaming pedigree would suggest.


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