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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
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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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Walter Day: I wanted to be a hero. I wanted to be the center of attention. I wanted the glory, I wanted the fame. I wanted the pretty girls to come up and say, "Hi, I see that you're good at Centipede."
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Connections

References Carnival (1980) 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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Turns into a startlingly fascinating character study.
28 September 2007 | by Movie-JaySee all my reviews

This movie proves two things: 1), a documentary really can be about anything, and 2), movies aren't always what they're about, but how they are about, as Ebert puts it. This movie begins by retracing the early video game craze of the early 80's, and it focuses on the 20 year plus record-holder of the highest score ever for 'Donkey Kong'. His name is Billy Mitchell, and he's the Michael Jackson or the Wayne Gretzky of the video gaming world. We learn of other players who helped to define the era, one who no longer plays but gives much of his time away by refereeing video game competitions. Perhaps all that would've made for an interesting doc in it's own right, but in walks Steve Wiebe, a pretty normal guy with a wife and two kids, and we learn how he got into video gaming after a handful of setbacks in his life. As it becomes clear to us that Wiebe is an amazing player in his own right, politics enter the picture and we end up with a fascinating study about the nature of people that gets beyond simple competitiveness and digs a little deeper into the psyches of how we perceive our own selves. I'm so happy to have run into this title. You don't have to be interested or know anything about video games to really care about this movie.


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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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