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Kingpin (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 26 July 1996 (USA)
A star bowler whose career was prematurely "cut off" hopes to ride a new prodigy to success and riches.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roy Munson
... Ishmael
... Claudia
... Ernie McCracken
... The Gambler
William Jordan ... Mr. Boorg
... Owner Of Stiffy's
... Landlady
... Thomas
Prudence Wright Holmes ... Mrs. Boorg
... Stanley Osmanski
... Calvert Munson (as Danny Green)
... Young Roy
Mark Charpentier ... 1979 Bowling Buddy
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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Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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26 July 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kegliu karalius  »

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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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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens has a small cameo in the film. In the restaurant scene where Roy punches out Ishmael, Roger Clemens plays the part of Skid Mark. As of 2018, Clemens ranks ninth on the All Time wins list for Major League Baseball pitchers. See more »

Goofs

Ishmael's chest tattoo is visible before he gets it. See more »

Quotes

Roy: The world can really kick your ass. I only have a VAGUE recollection of when it wasn't kickin' mine.
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in Tosh.0: Perfect Game Bowler (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

She Came On
Performed by Super Deluxe
Written by Braden Blake
Artist Courtesy of Revolution
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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This film is rude, crude and very funny
19 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

When this film first came out, I had no use for it. Then I was home sick one day and caught it on cable. I laughed my butt off. This is a crude, rude and down right funny film. It also helped that I grew up near the Pennsylvania Dutch and plenty of bowling lanes. Two seemingly safe areas that the Farley brothers attack it without mercy. Sometimes it gets down right disgusting and many cannot stomach, but overall, its very funny.

Bill and Woody were funny as anything. The Disco-era beginning makes me laugh like crazy. The commercial Bill Murray does is to die for. This film will offend alot of people, and many references played for humor may make folks feel uncomfortable, but I loved it. If you are easily offended, this is NOT the film for you. But for everyone else who likes rude, crude and deviously funny -- often at the expense of others kinda humor, this is a gem to see.


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