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Kingpin (1996) Movie Information

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Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly


Woody Harrelson
Randy Quaid
Vanessa Angel
Bill Murray
Chris Elliott
William Jordan





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After losing his hand after trying to cheat the wrong guys, former pro-bowler Roy Munson has scrapped by in life. When his travels take him to Quaker bowling prodigy Ishmael, he sees his chance at redemption. Taking the naive boy/man under his wing, he sets his sights on Ernie McCracken, popular bowler and the man responsible for his lost hand. -- Chris Kavan

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FSUNoles27TS 01/23/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This movie is very silly but also very funny and quite entertaining. I like Harrelson in most of his work so he really made the movie for me. Their is quite a bit of good comedy and a fun story to follow. Hell, this could even be considered a sports movie. It is weird how Happy Gilmore and this movie have the trainer have missing appendages. Which ever came first does not matter because these are completely different movies. This is a hilarious sports "journey" for the ages.

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Yojimbo 10/20/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Patchy but enjoyably tasteless comedy from the Farrelly brothers. Any film that combines bowling with Bill Murray gets my vote!

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dukeakasmudge 09/14/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I LOVE this movie.Funny from beginning to end

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Snoogans 08/05/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A fair variety of vulgar, stupid, and crazy antics are spread out across this unlikely comedy. And all of them registered a laugh from me. An hilarious bowling escapade!

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07/26/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Our Daily Free Stream: Kingpin. 20 Jahre Kingpin! - “You can apply everything about bowling to your daily life", das ist die Philosophie von Kingpin. Wir befinden uns im Jahr 1969, im Hinterland von Iowa. Der hoffnungsvolle junge Mann, dem man diese Lebensregel mitgibt, heisst Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson). Zehn Jahre später erlebt er den erhofften Erfolg. Dann begegnet er Ernie McCracken (Bill Murray). McCracken muss wohl für Munson alles verkörpern, was sich ein Junge aus Iowa so wünscht. Ein weltgewandter, gebildeter Grosskotz. Er erkennt das Potential Munsons und nimmt ihn unter seine Fittiche. Eine düstere Zeit beginnt in der Welt der Bowlinghallen, in dem ihm als einziger Begleiter der Alkohol bleibt. Dann begegnet er einem Jungen mit einem vielversprechendem Talent... So beginn...


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08/03/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Insanely Funny!

Roy Munson was a bowling champion in the late 1970s. Roy retires after a dirty trick pulled by Ernie McCracken costs him to lose his hand. Roy becomes an alcoholic and sinks very low going as far as sleeping with his repellent, disgusting Landlord. He meets up with Ishmael Boorg (Randy Quaid) in a bowling alley. After some convincing talks him into driving down to reno and enlist in a bowling contest. This is the Farrelly's second movie after dumb and dumber, and it completely holds its own in their wake of comedic brilliance. Bill Murray is genius and ad libs most of his lines. Woody Harrelson does a great job; He goes as far as shaving his head and goes all the way to look like a dead-beat. Randy Quaid has one of the best characters as he comes off so innocent until he finally loses it....

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