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Timothy Busfield. Directed by Christopher Browne. Go inside the world of professional bowling tours, follow the sport's '50s and '60s heyday into today, and join 4 bowling pros at the lanes as they all have their own reasons to compete to win. Featuring PBA champions Pete Weber, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Chris Barnes, and Wayne Webb. 2003/color/93 min/NR.

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Skills Challenge highlights
  • Dexter Approach: Tips and Techniques
  • PBA Event Clips
  • PBA TV Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Wayne Webb, Walter Ray Williams, Charles Barkley, Timothy Busfield, Bernard Goldberg
  • Directors: Christopher Browne
  • Producers: Kurt Engfehr, Alexander H. Browne, Wilhelmus Bryan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: March 21, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E8N8MK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,828 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Madelyn Pryor VINE VOICE on May 11, 2006
Format: DVD
This is a story of four very different men, channeled though the scope of profession bowling. It's a story of how the PBA (Professional Bowling Association) was rescued by a group of former computer executives looking for a new challenge. But more than all that, it's a story of a sport that many of us grew up with, how that was almost lost, and is being found again, one person at a time.

League of Ordinary Gentlemen is a well done, interesting documentary that mostly follows Walter Ray Williams, Jr., Pete Weber, Chris Barnes and Wayne Webb. The film takes us inside their lives and occasionally inside their mind, showing that it's not just one type of man that chooses to make his living bowling, nor is their one specific path to the PBA. Each and everyone is different. There's conflict, camaraderie, and an exciting ending.

Whether you like bowling, or even just remember your parents doing it when you were a kid, this is a great remembrance of that time. If you're just into watching documentaries, it's a fun one to view. If you're like me and you have both of those components, than check this film out.

Recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ray Jackson on April 7, 2006
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Well folks, It's finally out on DVD, and I have been waiting for its DVD release since it came out in limited runs in theatres nationwide back in May 2005, predominantly in markets in which the Professional Bowlers' Association ([...]) hosts Denny's PBA Tour events.

It is the official movie of professional bowling, as endorsed by the PBA, filmed during the 2002-03 PBA Tour Season, A League Of Ordinary Gentlemen ([...] which features four of the PBA's brightest stars:

41-time titlist and PBA/USBC (United States Bowling Congress, [...]) Hall Of Famer and 6-time world horseshoe pitching champion, Walter Ray Williams Jr.,

2005 U.S. Open champion and rising star and former Team USA great and All-American at Wichita State University, which has a tremendous collegiate bowling program led by their legendary coach Gordon Vatican, 6-time PBA champion, Chris Barnes,

"The Bad Boy of The PBA Tour", as shown by his track record of previous suspensions for misconduct, and son of the late great 26-time PBA champion, Dick Weber, and 32-time PBA titlist, "PDW" Pete Weber,

And finally, but not to be outdone, former 20-time champion, with 3 of those titles coming in events at Landmark Lanes in Peoria, Illinois (1989, 96, 97), PBA Hall Of Famer, Wayne Webb.

Anybody out there who wants to take a cheap shot at our great sport of bowling, in which my wife Alice Yantz and I enjoy very much (Alice and I are both league bowlers and proud USBC members who bowl at All-Star lanes in Silverdale, Washington, just 40 miles away from our home and BIGHMW.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By W. Bryan on March 27, 2006
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You might think that a movie about pro bowling would be about as boring as well Bowling but nothing could be more off the mark. This doc is wonderfully done and has a wondeful mix of humor and heart leading to an exciting finale that ranks up there with Spellbound and Murderball. The mix of characters ranging from a burned out Karaoke singing bowler to a Hamlet-esque Bowling prodigy to a crazed Alpha male Bowling CEO leaves the viewer fully engaged. If you are a Doc fan or sports buff you need to see this movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J Kirk on August 8, 2006
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This is probably the best bowling themed movie ever. That may not be saying much given the history of bowling and bowling themed movies (Dreamer, Greedy, The Big Lebowski and Kingpin), but this is really a very compelling film. The choice of the four athletes followed is excellent as they are a diverse lot. Watching a bitter former great like Wayne Webb alternatively rail at the "new" PBA and then step back and realize that the new owners' vision it is what is allowing the Professional Bowlers Assn. to survive is very interesting. The movie is quick, about an hour and a half, and it easily could have been longer and still enjoyable. There's a great deal of focus (as there should be) on Walter Ray Williams, the current reigning great of the tour and Pete Weber, himself an all time great and perhaps the most compelling figue of the last 25 years. The movie misses an opportunity to focus on Walter Ray's obvious disgust with Weber's showboating, although it is obvious they both respect each other as players. Watching Steve Miller, the commissioner and a non-bowler, as he tries to build the tour "brand" is fascinating. It's obvious he really favors Weber, perhaps to the detriment of other pros. The film zips along and the "extras" are pretty good.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rock Stone on April 29, 2006
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Wow. That is all I can say. This is one of those movies that you talk about for days after you see it. I am not one to be sucked into dishing out superlatives to every movie that hits the screen. But in the case of A League of Ordinary Gentlemen,

I have to give 5 stars to this "slice of life" backstage look at bowling. This is a great picture about a group of talented individuals who go about doing their best to make their mark on bowling and America. This is a movie that hits home with every single person who has ever wondered where the next paycheck is going to come from. Watch as Pete Weber, Chris Barnes and Walter Ray Williams show you what hard work and perseverance can accomplish.

This film is all about what each and every person in America today faces as they try to scratch out a living and make their mark on society at large.

You think that there are no heroes anymore? Take a look at this film and you will see plenty of heroes.
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