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Format: DVD
Sku: 202222052
UPC: 876964000048
UPC 14: 00876964000048
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A trip inside the Wild World of Professional Bowling!
In 1958, the professional bowlers association was born and quickly became one of the highest rated sports programs on TV. Then something happened: america ceased to embrace the pba. In 2000, 3 former microsoft executives bought the pba to save bowling from the brink of extinction.
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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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Video Mfg Name Studio: Magnolia Pict Hm Ent
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/21/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 93 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 10004
Video UPC UPC: 00876964000048
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Steve Miller
Video Cast Info Gary Meister - Music
Video Cast Info Bill Bryan - Producer
Video Cast Info Alex Browne - Producer
Video Cast Info Ken Seng - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Chris Browne - Director

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"As a spectator sport...bowling went into decline, and the heart of the movie is the game, funny, and stubbornly inspiring attempt to bring it back." 06/03/2005 p.62-63

USA Today
"[I]ts 98 minutes are as easy to enjoy as picking up a spare..." 06/03/2005 p.10E

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Product attributeActor:   Webb,Wayne
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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