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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

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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Taglines:

From the idiots what brung you "Dumb and Dumber" See more »

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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Trivia

Among others, Pro Bowling Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III and Mark Roth appear briefly during the final tournament scene. In one shot, Roy shakes Mark's hand after defeating him in a head-to-head match. See more »

Goofs

At the start of 10th frame of the final match, the announcer says that 3 strikes (30 points) would give Roy "a nice cushion". After Roy only earns 20 points, we are told he then has a 29 point lead over Ern, forcing Ern to score the maximum 30 points to win. Had Roy scored 30 points, he would have had a 39 point lead (more than Ern could possibly score). That's not a "nice cushion"; that's a victory. See more »

Quotes

[On smoking]
Ishmael: You really should try to quit, Mr. Munson. They say it's bad for your heart, your lungs. It quickens the aging process.
Roy: Is that right. Who's done more research on the subject than the good people at the American Tobacco Industry? They say it's harmless. Why would they lie? If you're dead, you can't smoke.
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Crazy Credits

The Blues Traveler dressed as Amish performing in the final credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

There is a alternate VHS version that has been released. It appears under MGM's Contemporary Classics collection. This version of the movie contains several extra scenes not shown in the theatrical version. The catalog number for this movie is M207608. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Fantastic Four (2005) 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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Now I Know Why I Quit Bowling
16 August 2005 | by ray-280See all my reviews

I say this in a good way: this film captures bowling's underbelly, where even the pro stars sometimes have to supplement their income the old-fashioned way: by taking it directly from obviously weaker bowlers who somehow manage to be convinced to risk their money. Just as poker games are often won with guns, bowling for money has hazards all its own, something I learned even as a junior bowler hustling games after the league on Saturday.

Roy E. Munson (Woody Harrelson) is such a loser that acting like a total loser is actually called "being Munsoned." The term is named after an incident where some victims of a bowling hustle relieve Roy of his right hand in a gruesome manner which involves bowling equipment. Somehow, even THAT manages to be funny, which speaks to the quality of this film, a film smart enough to have its three main stars on screen for most of the time. The 1979 accident was the result of Roy taking the fall for the hustle engineered by legendary bowler Ernie McCracken (Bill Murray).

Fast forward to 1996, and Roy stumbles across an Amish bowler named Ishmael Boorg (Randy Quaid), the most talented bowler he's ever come across. He offers to coach Ishmael for a $1 million tournament in Reno, Nevada that can save his family farm, but Ishmael is conflicted (the deepest emotion of the film) because he has strayed from the Amish country. Ishmael's brother is the requisite family member sent to bring the stray relative back home, and Vanessa Angel is extra-hot as the love interest for almost every guy in the film.

If you think this is a parody of bowling, the joke may be on you. Hang around enough lanes, in certain places, and you just might see these guys or something very close to them. Just be careful if they look drunk and want to play for money.


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