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Word Wars (2004)

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A look at the obsessive world of competitive Scrabble.
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joe Edley Joe Edley ... Himself
Matt Graham Matt Graham ... Himself
Marlon Hill Marlon Hill ... Himself
Joel Sherman Joel Sherman ... Himself (as 'G.I.' Joel Sherman)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Birbiglia ... Himself
Brian Cappelletto Brian Cappelletto ... Himself
Aldo Cardia Aldo Cardia ... Himself (as Aldo)
Chris Chris ... Herself
Lynn Cushman Lynn Cushman ... Herself
Jan Dixon Jan Dixon ... Herself
Stefan Fatsis Stefan Fatsis ... Himself
Uncle Harrison Uncle Harrison ... Himself - Marlon's Uncle
Hattie Hill Hattie Hill ... Herself - Marlon's Mother
Jimmy Jimmy ... Himself
Joe Joe ... Himself
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

Unrated

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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 »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,613, 25 June 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$60,802, 27 June 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Connections

References Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) See more »

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The Glory of Man
Written by Mike Watt
Performed by Minutemen
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Word Wars is an amazing, exhilarating, and interesting film!
3 June 2004 | by Kreemie187See all my reviews

Word Wars, a comical documentary that traces the lives and study habits of four Scrabble enthusiasts, is fun and interesting from the beginning. Eric Chaikin, the brilliant writer and director, uses awesome, eye-catching graphics in the opening credits. From there, we are introduced to the "characters", each of whom has a unique, intriguing lifestyle. The film teaches the Scrabble basics, and draws the audience into the fun and competitiveness on the Scrabble circuit. We see the players as they train for the National Scrabble championships. Whether studying by means of meditation, or by means of playing endless games of Scrabble and memorizing volumes of words, all the players share a profound love for the game. I absolutely loved Word Wars. I loved the intense competition, and I loved the comical presentation of the Scrabble Circuit. Word Wars is a must see!


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