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Kingpin (1996)

A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Woody Harrelson ... Roy Munson
Randy Quaid ... Ishmael
Vanessa Angel ... Claudia
Bill Murray ... Ernie McCracken
Chris Elliott ... The Gambler
William Jordan William Jordan ... Mr. Boorg
Richard Tyson ... Owner Of Stiffy's
Lin Shaye ... Landlady
Zen Gesner ... Thomas
Prudence Wright Holmes ... Mrs. Boorg
Rob Moran ... Stanley Osmanski
Daniel Greene ... Calvert Munson (as Danny Green)
Will Rothhaar ... Young Roy
Mark Charpentier Mark Charpentier ... 1979 Bowling Buddy
Brad Faxon Brad Faxon ... 1979 Bowling Buddy
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Storyline

Roy Munson was raised to be the best bowler in the world (trained early on by his father). But a fellow bowler, Ernie McCracken and a misunderstanding with some rough punks, leaves poor Roy with the loss of his bowling hand! Not to let this get him down, he gets a prosthetic hand and becomes a travelling sales man. But it's really all down hill for him from that night on until ... One day he meets Ishmael who is Amish and sneaks away from the farm to bowl (his fellow Amish would disown him if they knew)! Roy convinces Ishmael to let him be his trainer and he'll make him the best bowler the world has ever seen. Reluctantly Ishmael agrees to go on the road and shortly afterwards actually finds that life outside the farm is quite fun. Soon their paths cross that of Ernie McCracken who is still a top ranking bowler. While Roy's career and life have landed in the toilet bowl, Ernie is still drawing huge crowds and all the babes! They both square off for the ultimate bowling championship ..... Written by Jane Byron Dean <McGinty@aol.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude sex-related humor and a drug scene | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 July 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kingpin See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,582,000, 28 July 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,944,213, 13 October 1996

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,200,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated)

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Will Ferrell provided several of the background "shout-outs" uncredited. See more »

Goofs

When Stanley discovers Munson has been gambling with a false wad of cash, he says "What's this? A hundred dollar bill wrapped in Monopoly money?" Actually he should have said: "Monopoly money wrapped in a hundred dollar bill?" See more »

Quotes

Ishmael: I don't drink coffee.
Roy: Why not?
Ishmael: Because it's a stimulant.
Roy: What the hell do you think cigarettes are?
Ishmael: They are?
[Roy nods]
Ishmael: All right, make it an extra large, two sugars, lots of cream. Lots of cream.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are dropped down by the pin reset machine. See more »

Alternate Versions

In 2002, aired on network television (local markets, different affiliates and times) with numerous scene and dialogue cuts / alterations. These include the aftermath of Claudia going to the fridge (making the part where she says she's going to get a drink make less sense), the fight between Roy and Claudia (almost all of Roy's offense is cut out), and the line about the Shit Cloud ("It's a big cloud of - "I think I can smell it", which again makes no sense). See more »

Connections

Referenced in HBO First Look: Being 'Shallow Hal' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Disco Inferno
Performed by The Trammps
Written by Leroy Green and Ron Kersey (as Ron 'Have Mercy' Kersey)
Artist Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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User Reviews

 
one a hell of a movie
12 June 2005 | by ne12abaa3-1See all my reviews

this is a great movie , the jokes so smart , and very nice 60-70 sound truck , the movie is a combination of a road movie and self definition movie. bill Morey plays the bad guy and he adds his touch of comedy , Ishmael and his jokes are historical, especially one Ishmael end up working as a female striper, and when he discover a small tattoo one the chest not noticing the side to side tattoo at his back. some parts may be considered a bit racial , but all on all this movie is very funny. the scene where woody Harrison milks the bill is eternal. the end as always a happy end. in Iraq this movie was a hit , and still available at video rent shelfs.not much cgi, Vanessa Angel definitely plays a nice part and she is a very hot one, the scene of fight between her and woody was to much and you can see the sub performing.


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