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Kingpin [DVD] [1996] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Woody Harrelson , Randy Quaid , Bobby Farrelly , Peter Farrelly    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, Bill Murray, Chris Elliott
  • Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: 18 May 1999
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305161860
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,814 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The team behind Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary--two really stupid, gross-out films that worked and were quite funny--also made King Pin, a really stupid, gross-out comedy that doesn't work and isn't funny at all. Woody Harrelson stars as a former bowling phenomenon with a hook for a hand, and Randy Quaid is an Amish farmer with a hidden talent for pins. The two join forces and get a sexy business partner (Vanessa Angel), and the film starts looking more and more like a jokey variation of The Colour of Money. The Colour of Money, however, didn't feature jokes about having oral sex with a hideous landlady or defecating in a sink or dragging disgusting stuff out of one's teeth with a length of floss. Bill Murray provides some much-needed relief as Harrelson's ex-partner turned rival. How come this stuff is obnoxious while the equally perverse punch lines of There's Something About Mary are a riot? It's a great mystery, all right, but there it is. --Tom Keogh

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Murray is a revelation! 11 Mar 2002
By A Customer
The Farelly brothers actually went for a degree of subtlety in the the midst of goodness knows how much daftness - and have been slated by many a reviewer who just doesn't get it. The rubber hand gags are seriously bad taste, and thus funny: as is the sex scene with Harrelson's landlady.
Rany Quaid plays.....well a mormon Randy Quaid really, and that does let things down a little - but he means well and one forgives his flaws. The woman (sorry name escapes me) is a decent "straight" actress, and is certainly pleasant enough to watch! Bill Murray however, is truly a revelation, he plays someone who you love to hate. He apparently insisted on buying his own costumes for the role. The comb-over hairstyle is superb - and makes the film for me. Don't pay any attention to lukewarm reviews....this film should be viewed as a great critique on a certain type of mid-west culture, with lots of poo, sick, wee, and goolies jokes thown in for good measure.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! 23 May 2003
By Richard
I don't know which film the amazon reviewer was watching but it couldn't have been this masterpiece, surely?
Kingpin is fantastic. A true classic. When I saw it the first time I laughed so hard at the farm scenes that I woke my girlfriend up with the noise and I just couldn't pull myself together to tell her what was so funny - I can't remember any other film in years that had that effect on me
Woody Harrelson is fantastic and Bill Murray is just perfect as usual. The cast is great.
Kingpin IS sick - but I never imagined that anyone would find it offensive until I read some of the reviews here. It's safe to say that there are "gross out" scenes - but they add significantly to the comedic experience
If only P.G. Wodehouse will do then you should perhaps look elsewhere, but if you enjoy your comedy a little "broad" you will find something wonderful here.
A gem!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly fantastic! Best movie ever! Genius! 13 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I aproached this film with caution. I had no idea what to expect. But as the film progresed, I started to feel a certain love for it. It's hard to describe. And I knew this was the best farrelly brothers movie ever. Who would of thought, A movie about a one-time champ bowler with a rubber hand, who finds a stupid yet talented amish guy could be so good. This is the greatest movie ever. The musics wicked too. 100%.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Before I start the review I MUST point out that the British Region 2 DVD is inferior to the US Region 1 DVD. This is one of Entertainment In Video's early DVD releases and it shows.
For a start, it is in the WRONG picture ratio. On the back, it is listed as "Widescreen 16:9 Anamorphic" and plays in a 1.85:1 ratio. The ORIGINAL cinema ratio and Region 1 DVD picture ratio IS at 2.35:1, so I don't how EIV came up with the other ratio. It means if you watch the UK disc you're missing some of the original image on either sides (a similar mistake with EIV's release of Gosford Park). Also, the UK R2 disc doesn't carry the Audio commentary provided by the Farrelly brothers or the additional scenes (seen in the US trailer) from the Director's Cut. Finally, the sound is in basic Dolby Pro Logic but the R1 version is in full 5.1 sound.
I found the film itself funny and defintely for fans of Dumb and Dumber, Basketball (starring the South Park creators) and There's Something About Mary. It's not for everyone, though.
I would personally recommend buying the Region 1 version for the reasons stated above and ONLY watch it with a LOT of friends!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
In a rare instance of the UK getting a movie before the US, Kingpin was a surprisingly pleasant discovery on a Saturday afternoon back in the sunny July of 1996. It has since gone on to be one of my favorite comedies and showcases Bill Murray's evil, sarcastic humor at it's finest.

Woody Harrelson is Roy Munson a young, up-and-coming bowler who falls foul of 'Big' Ern McCracken (simply by beating him). Ern executes a cunning revenge on Roy which results in the loss of his precious bowling hand. Flash-forward 17 years and Roy is living a truly grotty life and is a complete and utter loser. His hustling attempts fall flat and it looks like he's destined for a future of failure until he meets naive Amish 'boy' Ishmael, who just so happens to be a bowling prodigy. Roy and Ishmael team-up and head to Reno, Nevada for a big bowling showdown with the diabolical 'Big' Ern.

Part road movie, part profound life journey, Kingpin is probably the most mature Farrelly Brothers movie and certainly their best effort so far. The script is just jam-packed with brilliant dialogue and gags, and Ishmael (or 'the kid' as they keep calling him despite the fact that Randy Quaid was 45 at the time of filming) may just be the sweetest character of all time and may even rival Cousin Eddie as Quaid's funniest role. But it is Bill Murray as 'Big' Ern who steals the movie and runs away with it. Apparently he just threw the script away and decided to ad-lib, and you can tell. He keeps the rest of the cast on their toes and enjoys himself way too much. His Unified Fund TV commercial is comedy gold.

It may well be one of the most underrated comedies of all time, but Kingpin is a far superior film to the likes of There's Something About Mary or Me, Myself & Irene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still in the top 3 of my favourite comedies.
Woody Harrelson and Randy Quaid's portarails are great. Down and out state ten pin bowling champ Roy Munsen, played by Woody, sees a chance to redeem himself after falling for a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr D J Teece
2.0 out of 5 stars You have a monkey?...
Roy Munson was the best bowler in the world. But a fellow bowler, Ernie McCracken and a misunderstanding with some rough punks, left Roy with the loss of his bowling hand. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars kingpin
saw this film years ago and wanted it for my grand daughter who thought it was great so ef you like a good laugh have a look at this film
Published 2 months ago by judith parr
4.0 out of 5 stars Rib achingly funny!
This has to be one of the funniest films ive seen,it would be in my top 20 of funniest ever from the beginning of time to date. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Malcolm McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I purchased this for my partner as a Christmas present and it arrived quick, well packaged and a good price for a classic movie
Published 4 months ago by Jason Monks
5.0 out of 5 stars Kingpin
Received in Excellent order and a very good film indeed Woody plays a blinder along with the other members of the cast well worth watching to brighten up the day
Published 5 months ago by Les
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeter than Yoo-hoo
This review is for the Region 1 MGM DVD. It's a double sided disc with the film in 'standard' screen format on one side and 'widescreen' format on the other. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pwy Sy'n Dd?
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked joy
One of the Farrelly brother's best. Woody Harrelson is a revelation, a great comedy actor, who has a wonderful subtlety to his expressions.
Published 8 months ago by jonah whale
5.0 out of 5 stars so funny
this film has to be one of the funniest films ever watching it again on dvd the scenes are still funny
Published 8 months ago by peter clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars ranks along with Something about Mary
came to this after "something about Mary" and must rank alongside as the funniest Farrelly Brothers film. Read more
Published 9 months ago by P. Harries
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