A look at the obsessive world of competitive Scrabble.
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Complete credited cast:
Joe Edley Joe Edley ... Self
Matt Graham Matt Graham ... Self
Marlon Hill Marlon Hill ... Self
Joel Sherman Joel Sherman ... Self (as 'G.I.' Joel Sherman)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Birbiglia ... Self
Brian Cappelletto Brian Cappelletto ... Self
Aldo Cardia Aldo Cardia ... Self (as Aldo)
Chris Chris ... Self
Lynn Cushman Lynn Cushman ... Self
Jan Dixon Jan Dixon ... Self
Stefan Fatsis ... Self
Uncle Harrison Uncle Harrison ... Self - Marlon's Uncle
Hattie Hill Hattie Hill ... Self - Marlon's Mother
Jimmy Jimmy ... Self
Joe Joe ... Self


The classic board game, Scrabble, has been popular for decades. In addition, there are fanatics who devote heart and soul to this game to the expense of everything else. This film profiles a group of these enthusiasts as they converge for a Scrabble convention where the word game is almost a bloodsport. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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The last line in the credits reads "This film is rated 1900" - a reference to the National Scrabble Association rating system (1700 and above is considered an expert rating; typically only elite players get to 1900 and up). See more »

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This film is rated 1900. See more »


References Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »


Written by Chaikin and Haber
Performed by E-Wolf and the Moneylenders
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Excellent Docu for people who like Docus
10 April 2006 | by tgage-2See all my reviews

Extremely well-paced flick with excellent climax (unlike many meandering documentaries) it is much like an adult "Spellbound." Much like that movie, these people are fascinating characters more than anything else, and in many instances scrabble takes a backseat to the force of their personalities. It focuses on four masters competing in the days leading up to the Nationals - between the egos involved, the inter-personal problems and competition anxiety there is a ton of pathos and conflict that is also reminiscent of Fred Wiseman's early documentaries. I agree there could have been more focus on the nitty-gritty of specific matches or more information on strategy, but I think I (and others) would have gotten bored watching too much actual scrabble play.

If you like documentaries at all, this comes highly recommended, it is very well edited and maintains interest the whole time.

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Release Date:

January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tiles and Tribulations on the Scrabble Circuit See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,559, 31 May 2004

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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