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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters (2007)

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Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

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Walter Day ...
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Himself - Author: Master's Guide to Donkey Kong
Steven Krogman ...
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Doris Self ...
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Nicole Wiebe ...
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In the early 1980s, legendary Billy Mitchell set a Donkey Kong record that stood for almost 25 years. This documentary follows the assault on the record by Steve Wiebe, an earnest teacher from Washington who took up the game while unemployed. The top scores are monitored by a cadre of players and fans associated with Walter Day, an Iowan who runs Funspot, an annual tournament. Wiebe breaks Mitchell's record in public at Funspot, and Mitchell promptly mails a controversial video tape of himself setting a new record. So Wiebe travels to Florida hoping Mitchell will face him for the 2007 Guinness World Records. Will the mind-game-playing Mitchell engage; who will end up holding the record? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In the cutthroat world of Donkey Kong, only one can rule. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for a brief sexual reference | See all certifications »

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28 February 2008 (Australia)  »

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The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$51,493, 19 August 2007, Limited Release

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$677,914

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$790,128
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In late 2017, it was discovered that all of Billy Mitchell's Donkey Kong records of over one million points were fraudulent. The video footage was made using the MAME emulator, which allows players to use save states. See more »

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When Billy Mitchell is describing an analogy of top WWI fighter aces, he claims the top French ace shot down 24 enemy planes. In reality the top French pilot (René Fonck) shot down 75 enemy planes, He also claims the Red Baron shot down 87 enemy planes, when he only had 80 confirmed kills. See more »

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Billy Mitchell: Well, maybe they'd like it if I lose. I gotta try losing sometime.
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Referenced in The Video Craze (2013) See more »

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You're the Best
From the Motion Picture The Karate Kid (1984)
Written by Bill Conti & Allee Willis
Published by EMI Golden Torch Music Corp and EMI April Music Inc. (ASCAP)
Performed by Joe Esposito
Courtesy of Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. and Island Def Jam Music Group
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Great Documentary
10 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

I totally disagree with the characterization that Billy Mitchell is made the villain and Steve Weibe the heroic underdog. This film did a great job of just letting each person fill in the colors for themselves. At the end, when Billy Mitchell's finally turning hypocrisy inside out, there are a few shots inserted finally that show that the filmmakers notice what is going on, but that is the extent of it.

This is a great film. Like the film American Movie, it is a whirlwind in which the power and depth of the material is remarkable, and yet it is incredibly compelling to watch, start to finish.

Another important point is that the film is not only a great treatise on individual psychology and what our winning-obsessed culture has wrought, but a great meditation on how the various types are fostered by and then fuel their immediate relations.


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