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The Ringer (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 23 December 2005 (USA)
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A young guy's only option to erase a really bad debt is to rig the Special Olympics by posing as a contestant.

Director:

Barry W. Blaustein

Writer:

Ricky Blitt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Knoxville ... Steve Barker
Brian Cox ... Gary Barker
Katherine Heigl ... Lynn Sheridan
Jed Rees ... Glen
Bill Chott ... Thomas
Edward Barbanell ... Billy
Leonard Earl Howze ... Mark
Geoffrey Arend ... Winston
John Taylor ... Rudy
Luis Avalos ... Stavi
Leonard Flowers Leonard Flowers ... Jimmy
Zen Gesner ... David Patrick
Steve Levy Steve Levy ... Steve Levy
Alcides Dias ... Michael (as Al 'Train' Dias)
Mike Cerrone ... Paulie
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Storyline

This comedy is about two guys who decide to rig the Special Olympics to pay off a debt by having one of them, Steve (Knoxville), pose as a contestant in the games, hoping to dethrone reigning champion, Jimmy. Mentally-challenged high jinks and hilarity surely follow. Written by bfluehr

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Only a jackass would fix the Special Olympics See more »

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Comedy | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and some drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ringer See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,158,795, 25 December 2005

Gross USA:

$35,428,675

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,441,151
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In one scene Steve can be seen watching Family Guy. See more »

Goofs

During the restaurant lunch scene, in one shot Jeffy and his date are sitting very closely, but in the next shot they're spaced further apart. See more »

Quotes

Glen: I work at Burger King.
Glen: You want fries with that.
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Connections

Features Family Guy (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title
from The United Artists Motion Picture The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Written and Performed by Elmer Bernstein
Courtesy of MGM Music, Inc.
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A day at the races
29 May 2008 | by jotix100See all my reviews

We watched this film with trepidation. The Farrelly brothers don't actually believe in subtlety. "The Ringer" has a cast of mentally challenged players; frankly one feared the worst. Well, as it turned out, this is not your typical movie by the masters of grossness. The direction was entrusted to Barry Blaustein and the writing to Ricky Blitt. While there is some grossness, as was perhaps expected, the makers are actually quite respectful of the people involved in the Special Olympics.

Don't get confused, this is a formula movie, or at least this is what the finished product feels like. The idea of Johnny Knoxville passing as one of the handicapped youths, sounded preposterous. Yet, Mr. Knoxville's performance is one of the reasons for watching it. The great Brian Cox is a hilarious presence as the uncle from hell. Lovely Katherine Heigl adds charm to the proceedings.

This is a fun film because it celebrates people that are less fortunate than the rest of us. They are all portrayed in a dignified manner.


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