A League of Ordinary Gentlemen R

Inside The Wild Wild World Of Professional Bowling!
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DVD Details

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 33 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: June 22, 2020
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Magnolia

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 34


User Ratings: 403
The new and improved Tour now has a terrifically well-made and astute film documenting its birthing pains. Full Review
Film Journal International
Mar 1, 2007
It's a curious movie, in the best sense, acknowledging that everybody is obsessed with something, then finding out why this particular group of people is obsessed with this particular pastime. Full Review
Denver Post
Jul 8, 2005
Rating: 4/5 -- easy to take in, much like spending an afternoon at the lanes with some watery beer
Mar 1, 2006
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Director Christopher Browne took a lesson from Steve Miller, when it comes to bowling on TV (or in the movies), 'it's all about scoring, pace, and energy'. Full Review
Sep 30, 2005
Rating: 2.5/5 -- Without the social questions posed at the beginning of the film, the footage of the competition is not likely to be strong enough on its own to lasso in a new generation of players. Full Review
Austin Chronicle
Oct 2, 2005
Rating: 3/4 -- "League" is unexpectedly inspiring as we watch the plucky little league, which only draws a quarter of the advertising revenue of hockey despite having better TV ratings, fight for its survival. Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Nov 18, 2005
It's a workmanlike film, but by the time two of the above bowlers are rolling against each other for the PBA championship, Browne has the audience sweating every spare.
AV Club
Sep 26, 2005

Product Description:

The sight of a weighty ball thudding onto a wooden lane then rumbling towards twelve perfectly placed pins has long captured the imaginations of Americans across the country. But while many people love to bowl, its status as a spectator sport is almost nonexistent. However, in 2000, three former Microsoft employees attempted to change the face of bowling by buying the PBA (Professional Bowlers Association) and giving the sport a much-needed makeover. This piqued the interest of budding documentary filmmaker Chris Browne, who follows a number of key figures from the sport in this film. Pete Weber is the self-styled bad boy of the sport, has 23 titles to his name, and been divorced three times; Chris Barnes is the baby of the PBA at 35-years-old, misses his family while he's on the road, and frets about his earnings; Walter Ray Williams Jr. is quiet, intelligent, and a champion horseshoe thrower; Wayne Webb has a gambling problem, runs a karaoke business, and fears his best days are behind him. It's these four men that Browne focuses on, alongside Steve Miller, a former marketing man for Nike who has been recruited for his effusive manner, boundless enthusiasm, and ability to get results. Insecurities, doubts, and fears plague all of the men at some point during the movie, with Browne expertly capturing the transitory phase the bowlers go through as their profession radically changes around them. Not all are happy about what they see, but Miller's verbose nature usually manages to charm them into accepting these alterations. A riveting study of a sport reaching a major turning point in its evolution, A LEAGUE OF ORDINARY GENTLEMEN is also a touching study of the participants whose lives depend on the decisions taken for them.
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  • Sales Rank: 60,375
  • UPC: 876964000048
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