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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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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

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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Across the Universe
Written by John Lennon (as Lennon) & Paul McCartney (as McCartney)
Performed by Andrew Chaikin and Austin Willacy
Also performed by Joel Sherman
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Pathetic, or enlightened?
18 July 2004 | by chamletterSee all my reviews

I have to disagree vehemently with littlesiddie (though I do love Cambridge, LS!) -- Word Wars is one of the funniest, most engrossing, and occasionally even touching movies I've seen in the past few years, and I don't even like Scrabble. The movie introduces us to 4 top Scrabble competitors, with very different backgrounds, personalities, and approaches to preparing for combat. Their stories reveal a lifestyle that is consumed with Scrabble, as the competitors spend hours memorizing obscure words and battling each other into the wee hours, oblivious to their surroundings, their poverty, their lack of girlfriends....Our heroes (no heroines; women apparently just aren't that obsessive) are at once pathetic, inspiring, and hilarious as we watch the tension build toward the ultimate showdown, the final test of memory, stamina, and individual dominance, the national championship for the big bonanza...grand prize $25,000. Are they just laughable geeks, with no sense of what's important in life? Or are they the truly enlightened, having found their Nirvana in the land of triple word scores? (Plus you learn a lot of cool words.)


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