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Word Wars (2004)

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A look at the obsessive world of competitive Scrabble.
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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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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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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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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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 »

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

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Do You Want New Wave (or Do You Want the Truth)
Written by Mike Watt
Performed by Minutemen
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Great and Funny Documentary - A Must See!
26 May 2004 | by waiverwirepicks12See all my reviews

I was one of the lucky few people to see WORD WARS at the 2004 Sundance Documentary Film Festival. Besides being a huge fan of documentary film, who hasn't played Scrabble once in their lives?

WORD WARS follows the lives (but I use that term loosely as you will see) of 4 top Scrabble players as they head to the National Scrabble Championships in San Diego, CA. To become a top Scrabble player, you pretty much have to give up all semblance of a normal lifestyle. >From shots of players practicing while driving, to the rooms filled with piles of books, the film gives a detailed, but humourous, look into these player's Scrabble obsessions.

My favorite character was Marlon Hill - the dude from the rough part of Baltimore, who waxes poetic on the injustices heaved upon the African-American community, while smoking a ton of pot, ALL while destroying his competition.

From the tight editing, excellent cinematography, and great use of The Beatles "Across the Universe", WORD WARS will leave you scrambling for more. Even if you have never played a game of Scrabble in your life - and who hasn't - this film is thoroughly enjoyable!


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