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>
In the scene before Roy (Woody Harrelson) gets his hand taken off, both he and Ernie (Bill Murray) enter a large building and begin walking up the stairs to the bowling alley. Roy asks, "People bowl here?" That is the actual location of the bowling alley where they filmed that scene, as it is located on the third floor of the building. The lanes are called Beaver Valley Bowl located in Rochester, Pennsylvania. See more »
Roy puts his rear view mirror up, in the next scene it is down again. See more »
[Roy is throwing up in the background after having had sex with his Landlady, to keep from being evicted. The Landlady is too satisfied to care]
What is it about good sex that makes me have to crap? I guess it's all that pumpin'. Pump and dump.
[She laughs at her own jokes]
You really jarred something loose, tiger.
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At the end of the credits, the take where Lin Shaye does her cunningilus gesture into Roy's center rear view mirror is shown. She goes to the max with it until the director says, "Cut", and she busts out laughing at it. See more »
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 <looks and see's Claudia, no line spoken> - "I think I can smell it", which again makes no sense). See more »
Bobby and Peter Farrelly, the directors of "Kingpin" show a great flair for this type of comedy. Not having seen it when it first was released, we were lucky to catch it on cable the other night, and frankly, it proved to be a happy choice. The Farrellys had a good screen play by Barry Fanaro and Mort Nathan to work with, as they showed a talent for assembling a wonderful cast to make this a winning comedy the fun and exciting film it is.
The best thing in the film are Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray. Mr. Harrelson plays Roy Munson, the man who love bowling, but through an unfortunate incident, loses his ability to play the sport he was born to play. Woody Harrelson is wonderful in his portrayal of Munson. Bill Murray's role is much smaller, but he does wonders with it. Best of all is the way we see him at the bowling tournament in Reno with his teased hair in disarray.
The rest of the cast is good. Randy Quaid as Ishmael Boorg, gives a funny reading of his naive character. Also the attractive Vanessa Angel plays the woman who has an interest in the game.
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