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Under the Boardwalk: The Monopoly Story (2010)

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Shows how the classic board game has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, and follows the colorful players who come together to compete for the coveted title of Monopoly World Champion.

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... Narrator (voice)
Philip Orbanes ... Himself (as Phil Orbanes)
Ken Koury ... Himself
Matthew McNally ... Himself
... Himself (as Dave Ulmer)
Richard Marinaccio ... Himself
Tim Vandenberg ... Himself
... Himself
Bjørn Halvard Knappskog ... Himself
Dale Crabtree ... Himself
... Himself
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... Dr. Caroline 'Cathy' Ryan (archive footage)
Kenneth Brandon Baker ... Himself
... Jack Donaghy (archive footage)
Stephen Balzac ... Himself
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Ever since the 1930s, no board game has had the lasting worldwide success of Monopoly. Although it started as a protest simulation, the game evolved to be a welcome wish fulfilling fantasy of being a financial high roller in the Great Depression. In this film, the history of the game is retold with its tremendous popular culture influence and the little idiosyncrasies that grown around it. In addition, we are introduced to various players who are compete around the world for the real cash prizes that go far beyond $200. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Rolling the dice is just the beginning...


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15 October 2010 (USA)  »

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Championship Gets Old Quick, But History/Nostalgia Is Great!
7 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

If you are reading this review right now, you almost certainly have played a game of Monopoly in your lifetime, as the board game has become such an icon in and of itself. This fun little documentary gives some history of the game's origins and current status, while also showing the "competitive side" at the National Monopoly Championship.

Essentially, to put things into perspective, "Under the Boardwalk", is a carbon copy clone of the "King of Kong"-style documentary that attained so much success. It weaves the history of the object being documented with the competitiveness it was actually meant for.

In terms of the history portion, this doc knocks it out of the park. I mean, who can't spend a chunk of time in nostalgia for this game that we all (or seemingly all) enjoyed either as a child or to this very day!

The "competitive" stuff, though, pales in comparison to the gritty, real emotions that "King of Kong" developed so well. There are just too many people in the competition to really get to know, and it felt as if the documentary makers tried to endow them with personalities (to create drama) to mask the fact that this was really just a friendly competition.

Overall, I give "Under the Boardwalk" 3.5 stars out of five. It's all in good fun, but you'll find yourself really "into it" when the history lessons and general nostalgic discussions rule the screen time.


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