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

The King of Kong (original title)
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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:
Mark Alpiger ...
Adam Wood ...
Walter Day ...
Himself - Author: Master's Guide to Donkey Kong
Steven Krogman ...
Robert Mruczek ...
Doris Self ...
Herself - Q*bert Contender
Todd Rogers ...
Brian Kuh ...
Zack Hample ...
Barbara Mitchell ...
Jon Farley ...
Nicole Wiebe ...
Herself - Steve's Wife


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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

28 February 2008 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,493, 19 August 2007, Limited Release

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


On March 5, 2010, Hank Chien became the new Donkey Kong world record holder, scoring 1,061,700 points. See more »


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 »


Robert Mruczek: When I have to watch that pile of eight tapes over there for Dwayne Richards' two-day Nibbler performance, that's 48 straight hours of paying attention and making sure he's doing everything correctly.
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You're the Best
From the Motion Picture The Karate Kid (1984)
Written by Bill Conti & Allee Willis
Published by EMI Golden Torch Music Corp and EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by Joe Esposito
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and Island Def Jam Music Group
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More fun then non-gamers should think
14 January 2008 | by 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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