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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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... Himself - Donkey Kong Challenger
Mark Alpiger ... Himself
Adam Wood ... Himself
Walter Day ... Himself - World's Video Game Referee
... Himself - Author: Master's Guide to Donkey Kong
Steven Krogman ... Himself
Robert Mruczek ... Himself - Head Referee, Twin Galaxies
Doris Self ... Herself - Q*bert Contender
Todd Rogers ... Himself
Brian Kuh ... Himself - Donkey Kong Expert
Zack Hample ... Himself
... Himself
Barbara Mitchell ... Herself
Jon Farley ... Himself
Nicole Wiebe ... Herself - Steve's Wife
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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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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

Gross USA:

$677,914

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$790,128
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On August 7 2010, Bill Mitchell regained the Donkey Kong record with a score of 1,062,800. It took him 2hrs and 42min of playing. After passing Hank Chien's point level, Mitchell stopped playing rather than adding to his record breaking score. This score was almost immediately beaten by Steve Wiebe, who then was defeated by Chien. 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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Jillian Wiebe: Work is for people who can't play video games.
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References Crystal Castles (1983) See more »

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Three Lies
Written and Performed by Walter Day
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Original and Inspirational
23 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Maybe the best documentary I have seen in years... A must-see for anyone who loves rooting for the underdog. King of Kong tells the story of two men competing for the highest all-time score in the arcade classic Donkey Kong. Seth Gordon skillfully explores this whole American subculture of die-hard classic video gamers. The fact that this is all real (as opposed to a Christopher Guest style mockumentary) makes it all the more hilarious, but above all this is a true story of inspiration that should appeal to anyone regardless of whether they know anything about video games. In a country dominated by politically-fused documentary/movie propaganda, we need more films like this to remind us of how wonderfully weird we can be. Michael Moore eat your heart out.


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