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Word Wars (2004)

Unrated | | Documentary, Comedy | January 2004 (USA)
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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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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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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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Paralysed
Written by Chaikin and Haber
Performed by E-Wolf and the Moneylenders
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An accurate depiction.
8 May 2004 | by wsered1See all my reviews

As a former tournament Scrabble player, this documentary was a delight to see. (I know and have played all four of the main subjects of the film.) People in that scene, especially at the top, are really that eccentric -- it's part of the allure of the tournament circuit, playing against people who are incredibly devoted to study and strategic analysis. The film accurately captures both the heart of the competitors as well as the frenetic energy that develops around trying to be the best. The documentary is informative beyond this one particular topic, in that way.

As far as documentaries go, it's clearly a second-tier documentary film. (It's not a "Capturing the Friedmans", a "Fog of War", a "Startup.com".) However, if you have an interest in seeing mad geniuses at work or the game of Scrabble taken to an extreme, I recommend this film highly. (8+ out of 10)


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