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 Dumber."
Peter Farrelly - Director/Screenwriter, THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (1998)
Lin Shaye - Actress/ Wife of Robert Shaye
Vanessa Angel - Actress/"Another Chance"
Woody Harrelson - Woody of TV's "Cheers"
Chris Elliott - Actor, GET A LIFE
Bill Murray - American actor, LOST IN TRANSLATION, MEATBALLS
Randy Quaid - American Actor, THE LAST DETAIL
Jonathan Richman - American Rock Musician
Bobby Farrelly - Director/Screenwriter, THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY (1998)
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 hand.
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 (assistant director). Rated BBFC 12 by the British Board of Film Classification.
"...Uproarious....Harrelson and Quaid throw themselves into their cross-country bowling odyssey with unencumbered acting abandon..." - 07/26/1996 USA Today, p.4D
"...KINGPIN is consistently inventive in its wackiness, with a generous dose of gross-out humor..." - 07/26/1996 Los Angeles Times, p.F10
"...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..." - 07/26/1996 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33
"...Presented in a terrific procession of gag-inducing gaggery, Harrelson and Murray knock 'em dead every time..." - 11/01/2003 Total Film, p.129
"Gleefully tasteless, but with moments of genuine wit." - 12/01/2004 Premiere, p.169