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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Christopher Browne

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Credited cast:
Charles Barkley ... Self
Chris Barnes Chris Barnes ... Self - Professional Bowler
Timothy Busfield ... Self - Actor / Producer
Bernard Goldberg Bernard Goldberg ... Self (as Bernie Goldberg)
Robert Putnam Robert Putnam ... Self - Harvard Professor / Author
Wayne Webb Wayne Webb ... Self - Professional Bowler
Dick Weber Dick Weber ... Self - Professional Bowler
Pete Weber ... Self - Professional Bowler
Walter Ray Williams ... Self - 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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Strangely Fascinating
18 August 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

In the midst of this, the Professional Bowlers Association is purchased by a trio of Microsoft programmers who hire Steve Miller, a Nike marketing guru. Can the new money and the expert bring this nostalgic game back to life? (Seeing as I am writing this in 2015 and the film is from 2004, my guess is no.)

We do get to meet some interesting characters, like Walter Ray Williams who uses his knowledge of physics to excel at both bowling and horseshoes. His house is practically a mansion, and then you are left wondering: how much money is there in professional bowling? Apparently a lot.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Taylor, Michigan, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$4,498, 30 May 2005

Gross USA:

$18,807

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$322,615
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1.78 : 1
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