7.4/10
3,527
44 user 46 critic

Wordplay (2006)

PG | | Documentary | 21 July 2006 (USA)
Trailer
2:00 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Prime Video

ON DISC
An in-depth look at The New York Times' long-time crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz and his loyal fan base.

Director:

Patrick Creadon
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Nine Lives (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Captives of the very relationships that define and sustain them, nine women resiliently meet the travails and disappointments of life.

Director: Rodrigo García
Stars: Kathy Baker, Amy Brenneman, Glenn Close
The Girl in the Café (TV Movie 2005)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Lawrence, an aging, lonely civil servant falls for Gina, an enigmatic young woman. When he takes her to the G8 Summit in Reykjavik, however, their bond is tested by Lawrence's professional obligations.

Director: David Yates
Stars: Bill Nighy, Kelly Macdonald, Meneka Das
Drama | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A reformed outlaw becomes stranded after an aborted train robbery with two other passengers and is forced to rejoin his old outlaw band.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Gary Cooper, Julie London, Lee J. Cobb
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream.

Director: Chris Bell
Stars: Chris Bell, Mike Bell, Mark Bell
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Shortz ... Himself
Merl Reagle Merl Reagle ... Himself
Tyler Hinman Tyler Hinman ... Himself
Trip Payne ... Himself
Al Sanders Al Sanders ... Himself
Ellen Ripstein Ellen Ripstein ... Herself
Jon Delfin Jon Delfin ... Himself
Jon Stewart ... Himself
Ken Burns ... Himself
Amy Ray ... Herself
Emily Saliers Emily Saliers ... Herself
Daniel Okrent ... Himself
Mike Mussina Mike Mussina ... Himself
Bob Dole ... Himself
Bill Clinton ... Himself (as William Jefferson Clinton)
Edit

Storyline

A documentary that focuses on the world of crossword puzzles: those that construct them, those that love to solve them, those that compete in the annual Crossword competition in Stamford and also on Will Shortz, the editor of the New York Times crossword since the early 1990s. Shortz actually has a university degree in games and organized the first crossword championship in 1978. Some of the contributors to the Times puzzle explain how they go about building them while some aficionados, including former President Bill Clinton and comedian Jon Stewart talk about their love of solving them. The film also introduces several past champions and near champions competing in the 2006 tournament and it takes you from the preliminary rounds to the final where the top three contestants compete in front of a room full of admiring contestants. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Discover a world that thinks inside the box See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some language and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

PBS

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Word Play See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$32,847, 18 June 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,117,666, 22 October 2006
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Tyler Hinman would eventually work for Google for a few years. See more »

Quotes

Jon Stewart: I am a Times puzzle fan. I will solve, in a hotel, a USA Today, but I don't feel good about myself when I do it.
See more »

Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Crossword Puzzle
written by David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
I Feel the Need, The Need for Spaces
10 July 2006 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Pretty interesting look behind the curtain of the world of crosswords ... in particular the New York Times crossword editor, Will Shortz.

What is not really surprising is the combination of ego and insecurity that plague the top contenders in the annual contest. These traits rear their head at any and every competition, regardless of topic or sport. What is surprising is the sportsmanship involved when there is an apparent major scoring error in the semi-finals. Watching the competitors band together against the committee is something not usually seen in the sporting and gaming world. These guys want the competition to be fair ... no cheap wins. I wonder if Pat Reilly or Bobby Knight would feel the same way? As you might expect the traditional nerd factor is at play here and the filmmakers do a nice job of mixing in some pretty faces to balance the picture. Mike Mussina, Bill Clinton and Jon Stewart are all thrown in to show that all walks of life are addicted and not everyone that is addicted looks like the reclusive nerd we all knew in high school. The most fascinating character in what story there is, is the twenty year old hot shot that most think is too young and inexperienced to really compete at the top. Just as interesting though is the way the more traditional powerhouses react to his presence and apparent skill.

There is a nice peak at the collaborative efforts that go into the creation of the puzzle, even though Mr. Shortz leaves little doubt that it is his responsibility ... hate mail and all. Very nice look into a world that most of us give little thought to.


8 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 44 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed