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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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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The Donkey Kong cabinet that Steve Wiebe installs in his garage is a combo Donkey Kong/Donkey Kong Jr. cabinet, however the markings on the cabinet are those of a stand-alone Donkey Kong Jr. cabinet. Wiebe specially purchases and installs the "brains" (PCB) of the combo game into his Donkey Kong Jr. cabinet in the course of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Adam Wood: I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't do drugs. I play video games, which I think is a far superior addiction to any of those other ones.
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References Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1985) See more »

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Lucky Winner
Written and Performed by Craig Richey
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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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