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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mitchell's taped Funspot score was actually removed days after entered, but reinstated just before the end of the 9 month period in which the film skips. An equally questionable event took place in 2010, where Mitchell again claimed credit for a world record score via videotape rather than a live performance. As with the Funspot incident, the score was accepted by Twin Galaxies without the same validation methods asked of other players. 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

Mike Thompson: I've heard a lot of talk of Billy Mitchell, and I've heard a lot of talk of strange videos and things. But I haven't heard much in the way of him getting in front of a camera crew with people and getting a record in front of people. I haven't heard about that yet. Maybe he did that 25 years ago. But I haven't heard of him doing it lately, and it makes you wonder why not.
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Connections

References Rocky III (1982) 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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Transcendent
1 February 2007 | by cinebrosSee all my reviews

KING OF KONG is one of the greatest movies I've seen in a while - not documentaries, movies. The film-making here is nothing short of extraordinary - building suspense, creating anticipation, and playing with the archetypes like the best Hollywood movies.

If you have ever played the original Donkey Kong arcade game, or on the original Nintendo, you have to see this movie. I have never beaten Level 3 on the third cycle - the spring on the elevator stage, if you know what I'm talking about, is going extremely fast. These guys get beyond 20 cycles.

I don't want to give anything away...I heard they are going to make this a feature movie with actors, but I think that eliminates the main draw of this concept - these guys are in their forties, in some freak cases have wives and children, and they play Donkey Kong with as much heart as Lance Armstrong rode bikes. They are some of the strongest characters I've seen in a movie since STAR WARS. To best summarize how enjoyable this movie is, after watching the DVD for the first time, I immediately restarted it from the beginning, and watched it again.


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