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The 50 Greatest Sports Movies
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Kingpin (1996)

DIRECTOR Peter and Bobby Farrelly
STARS Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, Bill Murray

What? No Big Lebowski? Well, before you cut off our johnsons with a giant pair of scissors, let us explain: that's about bowling as a hobby. Kingpin is about bowling as a professional sport. And besides, classic though Lebowski is, maybe it's about time the Farrellys' underrated sophomore effort climbed out of the gutter. A raucous, often vulgar tale of hook-handed alcoholic ex-pro Roy Munson (Harrelson) and his attempts to get back into the big-time of bowling by exploiting sweet Amish-kid-with-an-arm-like-Samson, Ishmael (Quaid), the film is relentless in its parade of wisecracks, visual humour and wild cynicism, from the 'we don't have a cow' semen-drinking joke to Bill Murray's world-class comb-over. It also nails the seediness of pro bowling perfectly, while somehow also celebrating the sport.
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QUICK POLL Should Kingpin be higher or lower on the list?
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The Stats
THE SPORT
Ten-pin bowling
THE PLAYERS
Roy Munson, Ishmael, Ernie McCracken
DOCUMENTARY?
Dear god No.
DEFINING MOMENT
Harrelson's final face-off against Murray, which doesn't necessarily go the way you might imagine.
KEY TACTICS
Don't get drunk, don't allow thugs to cut off your hand in a bowl-return machine.
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1 See Also
Karate Kid, The Waterboy, The foot fist way, Hot rod, Caddy Shack, The mighty ducks, coach carter, blades of glory, mean machine, leatherheads, the ringer, nacho libre, kicking and screaming, baseketball, remember the titans, brians song, don king: only in america, cinderella man, million dollar baby, somebody up there likes me, the boxer, knuckle, bend it like beckham, fever pitch, zidane Read More

Posted on Saturday September 15, 2012, 18:42 by bnicholson50

2 RE: What the Hell!?
l largely an excuse for Chaplin to show off his legendary slapstick skills and rubbery physical abilities while poking fun at sports clichés and underdog stories, but it's still more entertaining than most of the films it skewers. ow exactly does Chaplin, in 1915, skewer films that are very very far from being made and poking fun at sports clichés that do not yet exist? Read More

Posted on Wednesday July 25, 2012, 00:42 by Evil_Bob

3 RE: Rocky - third place
BASEketball should totally be in here. Okay it's not a real sport, but it is a sport movie. And it's funny as shit wise a pretty damn solid list. (Rocky 2-4 should be included as well, but maybe that's being a bit greedy...) Read More

Posted on Tuesday July 24, 2012, 13:55 by Whistler


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