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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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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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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:

$7,559, 31 May 2004

Gross USA:

$110,617

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,617
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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 »

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Features Today (1952) See more »

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The Glory of Man
Written by Mike Watt
Performed by Minutemen
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Best Scrabble® Documentary to date
30 April 2004 | by turnip-7See all my reviews

This film is without a doubt the best Scrabble® Documentary film yet made. The story follows the efforts of four very different top-level Scrabble® players in their attempt to win the title of 2002 National Scrabble Champion. The directors highlight the disparate backgrounds and approaches to the game of the four principles, from the Tai Chi of 3 time champion Joe Edley to the mind-enhancing pharmaceuticals of Matt Graham. The film uses engaging graphics to explain how Scrabble® is played at the pro-level, and to highlight brilliant plays and anagrams. The audience gets a chance to "play along" with many plays of the main characters and many others on the tournament circuit. In addition, the story takes a foray into the subculture of "the parkies", the serious Scrabble®-playing denizens of Washington Square Park, NYC, and the history of the controversy that created the two dictionaries in use for Scrabble® today, one for the tournament players, and one for the general public.

By focusing on the people and not history of the game, Word Wars shows the tournament Scrabble® scene at its most human.


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