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A League of Ordinary Gentlemen (2004)

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Filmmaker Christopher Browne documents the mission of a group of middle-aged bowlers as they attempt to revitalize the sport and get the television-watching public interested in it again.

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Credited cast:
Charles Barkley ... Himself
Timothy Busfield ... Himself - Actor / Producer
Bernard Goldberg Bernard Goldberg ... Himself (as Bernie Goldberg)
Robert Putnam Robert Putnam ... Himself - Harvard Professor / Author
Wayne Webb Wayne Webb ... Himself - Professional Bowler
Dick Weber Dick Weber ... Himself - Professional Bowler
Pete Weber ... Himself - Professional Bowler
Walter Ray Williams ... Himself - Professional Bowler
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Tracing the historical arc of the professional bowling tour, the film includes archival footage from the sport's glory days in the 1950s and '60s, through its near extinction in 1997. The story takes a twist when newly installed CEO Steve Miller sets about modernizing the PBA. In addition to Miller, the chronicle focuses on four pro bowlers: Pete Weber, bowling bad-boy and son of legendary bowler Dick Weber whose conservative style doesn't jibe with the direction Miller is taking the new PBA. Pete's nemesis is Walter Ray Williams Jr., a straight-laced six-time world horseshoe-pitching champion and, with 36 PBA titles to his name, the dominant player on the tour. Also, there's Chris Barnes, a young father of newborn twins, who must leave his wife and sons at home and hit the road to compete for the winnings that his young family is depending upon. Finally there's Wayne Webb, a 20-time PBA champion who has fallen on hard times and hopes to squeeze one more good season out of his career ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Inside The Wild Wild World Of Professional Bowling!

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Documentary | Sport

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 2004 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,498, 27 May 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,326, 31 July 2005
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Worth Watching
16 May 2012 | by MetalsquirrelSee all my reviews

Given the dearth of of movies out there that treat bowling in a serious light, this documentary is well worth watching. I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering a career in professional bowling.

This documentary delves into the psyche behind the bowlers and the PBA commissioner. All in all, this analysis is actually very entertaining and informative.

The only parts of this documentary that I found lacking was a piece on the fans and the popularity of the sport world wide. PBA fans run the gauntlet among society and it would have been interesting to see a cross section of these fans. It would also have been interesting to show some of the international PBA regulars that compete on tour (they did show a brief piece on England's Stuart Williams but should have included Ameletto Monacelli or Mika Kouvunemi).

Again, this does not detract from this documentary. In fact, since there is such a lack of quality material available on this topic it is easy to see what was left out :)This is a good film and I recommend it without hesitation.


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