Roy Munson was raised to be the best bowler in the world (trained early on by his father). But a fellow bowler, Ernie McCracken and a misunderstanding with some rough punks, leaves poor Roy with the loss of his bowling hand! Not to let this get him down, he gets a prosthetic hand and becomes a travelling sales man. But it's really all down hill for him from that night on until ... One day he meets Ishmael who is Amish and sneaks away from the farm to bowl (his fellow Amish would disown him if they knew)! Roy convinces Ishmael to let him be his trainer and he'll make him the best bowler the world has ever seen. Reluctantly Ishmael agrees to go on the road and shortly afterwards actually finds that life outside the farm is quite fun. Soon their paths cross that of Ernie McCracken who is still a top ranking bowler. While Roy's career and life have landed in the toilet bowl, Ernie is still drawing huge crowds and all the babes! They both square off for the ultimate bowling championship ..... Written by
Jane Byron Dean <McGinty@aol.com>
John Dennis, a Boston sports radio talk-show host, is the play-by-play announcer for the final bowling tournament. John Dennis is in several Farrelly Brothers' movies. See more »
On a scene set in 1979, we see a guy drinking a Coca-Cola® bottle, however it says "classic" under Coca-Cola®. The word "classic" under Coca-Cola® wasn't introduced until 1985. See more »
[In the parking lot, Roy has packed his car and is saying farewell to Dad and a few friends]
Can you believe this? Me, on a professional bowling tour?
It's your calling, son. One day, when people say the name Munson, they're gonna think "winner." Just like DiMaggio is to baseball or, or Unitas is to football, that's what Munson will be to bowling.
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At the end of the credits, the take where Lin Shaye does her cunningilus gesture into Roy's center rear view mirror is shown. She goes to the max with it until the director says, "Cut", and she busts out laughing at it. See more »
Kingpin, (despite what you may think) is a ground breaking comedy. Don't let the unpopularity of the people's recognition of this film missguide you; it is a truly hilarious film.
Woody Harrelson plays the ultimate dead-beat. A washed up ex-professional bowler. A man who's become a disgrace. A man who would rather float around in his existence as a mortal wound of obscurity and drink himself to death, than possibly making something of himself again. He meets up with a dense amish kid named Ishmael. Ishmael's so stupid, so naive and oblivious
of what's going on around him--that he makes it funny.
Bill Murray appears off and on in this twisted picture--and all of his screen time is absolutely precious . Kingpin is a piece of comedic gold, that many have overlooked....
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