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    Unique ID Code: 0000002160
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    Added on: 24/11/1999 19:05
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    Kingpin (UK)

    7 / 10
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    You wouldn`t want to meet these pinheads in an alley
    Certificate: 12
    Running Time: 121 mins
    Retail Price: £15.99
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    From the creators of the comedy smash `Dumb and Dumber` and `There`s Something About Mary` comes this outrageous comedy about a former bowling champion (Woody Harrelson) who finds himself reduced to a sleazy, small-time hustler, thanks to a double-crossing bowling conman (Bill Murray).

    When the one-time champion discovers a new protege (Randy Quaid), among the Amish of Pennsylvania Dutch Country, he thinks he`s found his ticket back to the fast lane. A riotously funny trip ensues as this hysterically mismatched duo sets out to con their way to the bowling tournament in Reno, Nevada. On the way they find a secret weapon - Claudia (Vanessa Angel). She can swing a mean ball and has the best pins in the business.

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Original Theatrical Trailer
    `The Making Of` documentary

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 English

    Subtitle Tracks:

    Directed By:
    Peter Farrelly
    Bobby Farrelly

    Written By:

    Chris Elliott
    Bill Murray
    Vanessa Angel
    Randy Quaid
    Woody Harrelson

    Casting By:
    Dan Parada
    Rick Montgomery

    Soundtrack By:
    Freedy Johnston

    Music From:
    Joe Kraemer

    Christopher Greenbury

    Costume Designer:
    Mary Zophres

    Production Designer:
    Sydney J. Bartholomew Jr.

    Bradley Thomas
    Steven Stabler
    Brad Krevoy
    Jim Burke
    John Bertolli

    Executive Producer:
    Steve Samples

    Rysher Entertainment

    Your Opinions and Comments

    5 / 10
    OK comedy from the Farelly brothers. Not as good as Dumb & Dumber or There`s Something About Mary though.

    Disc is pretty average (useless featurette and trailer). Still, I got it for £9 in HMV (it was the price that drew me in) so I guess it was worth that much.
    posted by EllieHM on 20/6/2000 23:06
    8 / 10
    Kingpin is often thought of as a poor-relation to the Farrelly`s other films and I often wonder if I`m the only one that really appreciates it!. I liked Dumb & Dumber of course (who doesn`t?), but I think the gap between the two films is either non-existent or Kingpin is slightly ahead. I`d be hard pressed to find someone who actually agrees with me on that, but the Farrelly`s themselves say that Kingpin is just like D/Dumber but with a more coherent plot.

    Woody Harrelson is impressive as Roy Munson, a derelict ex-bowling champion that lost his hand years ago (after a hustle badly backfired). Ernie McCracken (Bill Murray) was largely responsible for the accident and Roy`s now understandably quite bitter and twisted. He now leads a pitiful life filled only with alcohol and degrading acts which allow him to keep his accommodation. Until, that is, he comes across a talented Amish guy (played by Randy Quaid), who he tries to steer in the direction of a big-money, winner-takes-all Bowling competition. He offers to take him under his wing and help develop his skills (with an eye on that prize money of course!). Bill Murray turns up again later on in the film and his character is about as vile and ego-centric as he`s ever portrayed!. As you can probably tell from this brief synopsis, it`s a good old-fashioned "against the odds" tale of triumph over adversity and even covers themes of redemption.

    I don`t want to make it sound intelligent or worthy, because in all honesty it`s just another laughter-filled, fun-fuelled bit of fluff. As fluff goes though it`s extremely effective and enjoyable. There are plenty of OTT bad-taste laughs, but they`re evenly tempered with good-natured moments and the overall tone is entertainingly feel-good. There are a few cliches here and there, like a rich playboy who mistreats his "valet" girlfriend (Vanessa Angel). As the film is so tongue-in-cheek and intentionally stupid, you can`t really complain about stereotypes or contrivances.

    The disc is okay, but disappointing in some areas. Firstly, the sound is only Pro-Logic (boo!), so anyone with a 5.1 set-up will feel like they`re missing out. Secondly, the extra`s are very weak, consisting only of a trailer and a brief featurette (which is barely longer than the trailer!). On the plus side though, the picture is a truly superb 1.85:1 anamorphic effort. So it`s a good demo disc for showing off the superior quality of DVD visuals (but unfortunately not audio).
    Basically, this is a tremendously entertaining comedy film, which although not to everyone`s taste (and admittedly silly in places) is none-the-less very underrated in it`s own way. What`s not to like?, the humour comes thick and fast and it`s one of those movies that stands up very well to repeat viewings.
    posted by Tony Vado on 30/8/2001 21:38
    7 / 10
    Lots of funny moments, the horse stable scene was hillarious, the hook/hand jokes became a little tiresome but apart from that you`ll have a good laugh. Extras were useless, trailer(never have seen the point of including these on DVD`s) plus a rubbish feature on the film.
    posted by David Hopwood on 25/7/2002 00:00
    9 / 10
    The R1 version is alot better.
    Firstly it`s the proper 2:35:1 aspect ratio(not the cropped 1:85:1 EIV version!)and has Dolby Digital 5.1 sound!
    Secondly it is a R-rated version which has a few more scenes than R2.
    And lastly it has an audio commentary by the Farrelly brothers!
    So R1 vs R2, in this case it`s gotta be R1.
    posted by Lee Thews on 26/7/2002 23:04