Overall Rank: 474
Average Rating: 3.1/4
# of Ratings: 138
Theatrical Release Date: 08/17/2007
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 01/29/2008
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Seth Gordon
Actors: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Walter Day, Steve Sanders, Robert Mruczek, Mark Alpiger
Plot: Gamers compete to break the World Records of classic arcade games like Donkey Kong.
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mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/20/2012
You don't have to be a fan of vintage gaming to get into this David vs. Goliath story. This is an entertaining and very funny documentary, but, at the same time, also dives deep into some fascinating characters. To create such tension and excitement in such a simple plot is a real skill, and this documentary often plays like a narrative film.
Chris Kavan - wrote on 12/07/2011
Being such a big fan of video games, I'm embarrassed how long it finally took me to watch this excellent documentary. The competitive nature, the characters you just couldn't make up in film because reality is so much better - all around, one of my favorite documentaries.
dukeakasmudge - wrote on 09/21/2011
WOW.I was really impressed by this documentary.You gotta see it.It had me hooked from beginning to end
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 02/16/2013
"Anything can happen in Donkey Kong." Gamer, geek, or plain ordinary men can enjoy this. This rater has played the games (Pacman & Donkey Kong) with more affluent neighbors who had Atari's. The difficulty of the games gameplay were just maddening, fun and addictive. The dissection of Donkey Kong on the video was insightful. Billy Mitchell's groundbreaking record, Steve Wiebe's attempt to break the record, Guiness World Records, Walter Day's story and more were very entertaining. Soundtrack was fantastic including a rare The Cure track and Eye of the Tiger to pump things up. From the editing, detailed timelines/locations and soundtrack, this is flawless. The documentary focuses not only on skilled gamers, but also on fame, competition, positive thinking, perfection, pride, …
Ichabod Crane - wrote on 12/30/2009
Here is a great documentary that comes off like a inspirational sports movie even though the game involved is Donkey Kong. The story is more than just the rivarly between the average man Steve Wiebe and the "evil" Billy Mitchell who makes for an extremely memorable villian it also shows a strange world of these older people who play these old arcade games and the sub culture that there are with the people involved with twin galaxies. The whole thing is facinating and it moves along extremely well and never feels slow or boring. It tells the side of both men and gives a strong insight to their characters as seen in the film. It shows the mechanics of the scoring and everything else of the game and the way the "elite" video game people deal with it. The odds against Wiebe and everything …
TheOtherRainMan - wrote on 07/23/2008
Seinfeld versus Newman. Rosie O' Donnell versus Donald Trump. Kathy Griffin versus The View. All of these are famous well known rivalries. Yes, you may be thinking to your self, "I know that, so what?". Well, through superb filmmaking by director Seth Gordon brings a new memorable rivalry to the table; hot sauce mogul and Video Game champ Billy Mitchell versus Boeing employee turned middle school science teacher, always in second Steve Wiebe.
"The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters" tells the story of the rivalry between Mitchell and Steve for the world record in the classic Donkey Kong. Mitchell, the poster child/referee for the video game high score agency, Twin Galaxies, is considered by most the greatest classic gamer of the 20th century. He is also strongly believes at self …
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