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

The King of Kong (original title)
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Die-hard gamers compete to break world records on classic arcade games.

Director:

Seth Gordon

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Seth Gordon
9 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Wiebe ... Self - Donkey Kong Challenger
Mark Alpiger Mark Alpiger ... Self
Adam Wood Adam Wood ... Self
Walter Day Walter Day ... Self - World's Video Game Referee
Steve Sanders ... Self - Author: Master's Guide to Donkey Kong
Steven Krogman Steven Krogman ... Self
Robert Mruczek Robert Mruczek ... Self - Head Referee, Twin Galaxies
Doris Self Doris Self ... Self - Q*bert Contender
Todd Rogers Todd Rogers ... Self
Brian Kuh Brian Kuh ... Self - Donkey Kong Expert
Zack Hample Zack Hample ... Self
Billy Mitchell ... Self
Barbara Mitchell Barbara Mitchell ... Self
Jon Farley Jon Farley ... Self
Nicole Wiebe Nicole Wiebe ... Self - Steve's Wife
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About rivals battling for supremacy in vidgame 'Donkey Kong.'

Director: Seth Gordon
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The project originally began as a documentary about competitive gaming in general - it wasn't until the film was well into production that the crew discovered the events surrounding Wiebe and Mitchell, and decided to re-focus the film entirely on this rivalry. This largely accounts for the amount of coverage the film gives to minor players, such as the elderly Q*Bert champion. By the time production ended, over 300 hours of video had been shot. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in which Steve's son Derek is crying and shouting, the "Donkey Kong" sounds heard don't match the action shown on-screen. See more »

Quotes

Billy Mitchell: No matter what I say, it draws controversy. It's sort of like the abortion issue.
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Connections

References Metroid (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

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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More fun then non-gamers should think
14 January 2008 | by oneloveallSee all my reviews

Though this geeky arcade fighting flick may remain an acquired taste, The King of Kong feels like one of the more entertaining documentaries to emerge in years. Even though you would think the chief demographic of forty year old virgins and basement-ridden, antisocial, hardcore, old-school gamers would flip the bill, Kong immediately offers so much more on so many different levels of psychological and sociological intrigue that anyone not self-conscious enough to feel embarrassed for investing an emotional stake into a Donkey Kong showdown, (highlighting a bittersweet anti-climax) will find themselves deep inside a world they never thought imaginable.

The mock-epic tone, which so many supporting characters delightfully contribute to, feels seized by director Seth Gordon and infused into his charming take on good-vs-evil, letting this potentially inspiring metaphor stretch it's wings into a blossomed, well-rounded quirk-fest far more fun then it's rigorous gaming pedigree would suggest.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 2008 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,493, 19 August 2007

Gross USA:

$677,914

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$790,128
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Production Co:

LargeLab See more »
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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