In the '70s, Roy Munsen (Woody Harrelson) was a bowling phenomenon. He was none too sharp about picking friends, though, and the champion he had to beat, "Big Ern," takes him under his supposedly friendly wing. Big Ern (Bill Murray) shows him the high-living lifestyle, and induces him to go on the road with him, hustling small-town bowlers. A couple of the men he bilks take exception to the scam, and show their displeasure with Roy by mangling his hand. Twenty years later, Roy (who now has a hook in place of his hand), earns his living as a salesman. On a visit to a bowling alley, he cannot help but notice the incredible talents of an Amish boy, Ishmael (Randy Quaid). Bowling is not part of the Amish lifestyle, but Ishmael occasionally sneaks into the bowling alley and plays a frame or two. Roy takes Ishmael under his wing, and together they begin a quest for bowling success. This comedy is directed by Peter and Robert Farrelly, who also directed Dumb and Dumber. Like those comedies, it contains a lot of gross-out jokes and bathroom humor.~Clarke Fountain
Before Bill and Woody met in Zombieland there was this great classic. The quality of the Blu Ray Picture is not restored but I am happy that they added the extended edition of the movie. The ending made way more sense in the extended edition. If you like Farrelly Brother comedies then this is another good one for you to see!
This movie had been out of print on DVD until last fall when it came out on BluRay, couldnt find it anywhere until by chance I checked my local Best Buy and lo and behold there it was. Best Buy comes through it he clutch.
By the way, I was an extra in this movie and can be seen in the opening credits during Disco Inferno.
All time classic movie! A must see! Very underrated!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Kingpin, one of the best comedies of the 90's
Kingpin is without a doubt one of the best comedies to come out of the 90's. Woody, Billy Murray and Quaid are at the top of their comedy game. Anyone who watches Murray during the final round of the bowling championship and not bust out laughing must not have a pulse.
The blu-ray picture quality is a nice upgrade from the DVD as is the DTS MA sound. There is a 20 minute retrospective with the Farrely brothers that is worth watching as well.