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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.

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Seth Gordon

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Seth Gordon
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Cast

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

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

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$677,914

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$790,128
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LargeLab See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

On March 5, 2010, Hank Chien became the new Donkey Kong world record holder, scoring 1,061,700 points. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jillian Wiebe: I never knew that the Guinness World Record Book was so... I never knew it was so important.
Steve Wiebe: I guess a lot of people are... yeah, a lot of people read that book.
Jillian Wiebe: [while directly looking at Steve, her father] Some people sort of ruin their lives to be in there.
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Features Ms. Pac-Man (1982) See more »

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More fun then non-gamers should think
14 January 2008 | by D ASee 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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