A washed-up, one-handed former professional bowler thinks he's found
his ticket back into the sport (?) when he discovers an overgrown
Amish bowling prodigy and enters him in a $1 million winner-take-all
tournament. But first, they've got to beat the man who threw the
ex-pro's career in the gutter. From the creators of "Dumb and
Released theatrically in the USA July 26, 1996.
Color by Foto-Kem; in DTS Stereo.
Additional cast: Prudence Wright Holmes (Mrs. Boorg), Rob Moran
(Stanley Osmanski) and Danny Green (Calvert Munson).
Additional credits: Jim Burke (co-producer) and James B. Rogers
Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.
Roy Munson was once an expert bowler. Now he's a
balding, polyester-clad loser, who wears a hook where his bowling
hand used to be. The cash-free Roy finds a potential goldmine in
Ishmael, an oafish Amish man who's a bowling prodigy. Munson trains
the ingenuous, sheltered Ishmael, and enters him in a million-dollar
bowling tournament in Reno. But the bumbling pair need money to get
there, so with the aid of a sexy babe who joins them, they hustle
unsuspecting bowlers as they travel across the country.
During their VERY wacky trek, Ishmael is exposed to some rather
un-Amish things -- like a strip club. But when the climactic
tournament begins, Roy considers coming out of retirement (hook and
all), when he discovers that one of the competitors is Big Ern
McCracken, a cheesy, sleazy ex-champ -- who caused Roy to lose his
"...Uproarious....Harrelson and Quaid throw
themselves into their cross-country bowling odyssey with
unencumbered acting abandon..."
"...KINGPIN is consistently inventive in its
wackiness, with a generous dose of gross-out humor..."
"...A very funny movie....The leads come
together with the joy and assurance of actors who know they are in
material that's working....Murray is superb..."
"...Presented in a terrific procession of
gag-inducing gaggery, Harrelson and Murray knock 'em dead every
Additional Release Material:
Audio Commentary -
1. Peter & Bobby Farrelly - Directors
1. Original Theatrical Trailer