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The Daily Movie Quote: Kingpin

Updated on September 3, 2010
Woody Harrelson, Vanessa Angel and Randy Quaid in Kingpin
Woody Harrelson, Vanessa Angel and Randy Quaid in Kingpin

"I didn't want to be the one to tell him, but with those narrow hips, that girl couldn't have more than 6 or 7 children!" - Ishmael, Kingpin (1996)

MGM, Rated R, 117 minutes.

Directed By: Bobby Farrelly & Peter Farrelly


Woody Harrelson - Roy Munson

Randy Quaid - Ishmael

Vanessa Angle - Claudia

Bill Murray - Ernie McCracken

Chris Elliott - The Gambler

Domestic Box Office Gross: $25,023,424

Synopsis: A gifted amish bowler, Ishmael, must journey to Reno Nevada in order to compete in a bowling tournement to save his families farm. Mentored by one time top bowling prospect, Roy, the two must engage in shady activities in order to get there and polish Ishmaels skills.

Fact: Bill Murray ad-libbed nearly every line in the movie and actually bowled the three strikes in a row that you see in the film.

Trivia: The man shouting "Ernie, you 'da man!" during the Munson/McCracken showdown is Will Ferrell.

Movie Mistake: Roy's rubber hand actually grips Claudia's leg when Roy is trying to bite her in the parking lot fight.

My Take: Kingpin is tied with Anchorman as the funniest movie ever made. The scene with the landlord at the beginning had me laughing so hard that I didn't stop until the film was over thus, I'm reasonably certain, ruining the film for everyone else in the theater. Seriously, that really happened. Every scene in Kingpin has an original funny joke or some raunchy humor that has you crying. If you need to feel better or need a good laugh, please do yourself a favor and watch Kingpin, it's sweeter than Yoo-hoo. Warning, don't watch the edited version they've been showing on cable lately because that's not doing the movie justice by a long shot.

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    • Skaditch profile image

      Skaditch 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I don't understand how anyone could call it stupid. I thought the cleverness of the humor is what put it over the top.

    • Andy Webb profile image

      Andy Webb 7 years ago

      Kingpin is so under-rated with too many professional critics ripping it to pieces for being stupid. Personally I love it and as you say "If you need to feel better or need a good laugh, please do yourself a favor and watch Kingpin"