Synopsis: Roy Munson was raised to be the best bowler in the world (trained early on by his father). But a fellow bowler, Ernie McCracken and a misunderstanding with some rough punks, leaves poor Roy with the loss of his bowling hand! Not to let this get him down, he gets a prosthetic hand and becomes a travelling sales man. But it's really all down hill for him from that night on until ... One day he meets Ishmael who is Amish and sneaks away from the farm to bowl (his fellow Amish would disown him if they knew)! Roy convinces Ishmael to let him be his trainer and he'll make him the best bowler the world has ever seen. Reluctantly Ishmael agrees to go on the road and shortly afterwards actually finds that life outside the farm is quite fun. Soon their paths cross that of Ernie McCracken who is still a top ranking bowler. While Roy's career and life have landed in the toilet bowl, Ernie is still drawing huge crowds and all the babes! They both square off for the ultimate bowling championship ...
Genre: Comedy, Sport
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
Rotten Tomatoes:
113 min

All set, Charlie.

Hey, Pa!


You got time for a game before supper?

Go get your ball.

I'll meet you out back.

Okay, Roy. Come on.

I want to see some smoke on this one.

- Whoa! Okay!

- Yeah!

Son, you put that in a bottle,

you got something sweeter than Yoo-Hoo.


You got a great gift, son.

It's as if angels

came down from heaven...

and put a blessing

on your three bowling digits.

You can apply everything

that I've taught you about bowling...

to your daily life...

and if you do that,

you're gonna be decent...

you're gonna be moral...

you're gonna be a good man.

All set, guys.

Can you believe this?

Me on a professional bowling tour?

It's your calling, son.

One day, when people say the name

"Munson," they're gonna think "winner."

Just like DiMaggio is to baseball...

or "Unitas" is to football.

That's what "Munson" will be to bowling.

- That's right.

- Yeah, Roy.

I hope so, Dad.

I want to make you proud.

Maybe you can get

this old piece of crap working...

of if you get in a pinch, maybe

you'll get a couple of bucks for it.

Thanks, Dad.

- You go get 'em, son.

- I will.

It all comes down to this roll.

Roy Munson, a man-child...

with a dream to topple

bowling giant Ernie McCracken.

If he strikes...

he's the 1979 Odor-Eaters champion.

He's got one foot in the frying pan

and one in the pressure cooker.

Believe me, as a bowler,

I know that right about now...

your bladder feels like

an overstuffed vacuum cleaner bag...

and your butt is kind of like

an about-to-explode bratwurst.

Do you mind?

I wasn't talking when you were bowling.

Was I talking out loud?

Was I?


Good luck.

Big problem, my friend.

Engine blown.

Someone put sugar in your tank.

- Sugar? That's impossible.

- Here! Sugar!

Maybe the bad kids around here.

How much is it gonna cost to fix?


$2,000! That's gonna wipe me out!

I'm sorry. Did I wake you, Fatima?

Ethyl supreme. Top it off.

Right away.

Watch the door. Hey, pinhead,

juice the tires for me, will you? Today?

Oh, Roy!

I didn't expect to see you so soon.

Hi, Mr. McCracken.

Hey, call me "Ernie" or "Big Ern."

Young bowler like yourself...

the tour can be very difficult,

very expensive.

Tanqueray and Tab.

Keep 'em coming, sweets. I got

a long drive. Do me a favor, will you?

Would you mind washing off that perfume

before you come back to our table?

Little bad luck,

like you had here today...

all your dreams can go up in smoke.

That's why even we veteran bowlers

work our way, tournament to tournament.

We need the supplemental income.

- Supplemental income?

- Supplemental.

It means "extra."

- You interested?

- Interested?

Would you be interested

in some extra income?

Extra income?

Want to make more money?

Why don't you go eat that outside

and then come on back in?

Not you.

Do people actually bowl here?

They live here. They die here.

They get their mail here.

I don't know about this.

Something doesn't seem right.

It takes guts to say no, kid.

You got a lot of courage. I don't think

I could call my mommy and daddy...

and tell them I didn't have

what it takes to make it on the tour.

All right, let's get going.

Better call them

before they go to sleep. Hurry up.

- All right.

- Nice flip-flop. Way to go.

Two more for my young friend here.

- I got it in the nose.

- Here. Take it out of that.

Say, buddy, you gonna buy the beers

or the whole place?

This is just my bonus.

I had a good month.

"A good month."

This punk shattered

my monthly record.

I had the entire company record

21 times.

He shattered it.

Look at this bonus.

What do you sell?


Yeah. Door to door.

What do you say we play

a couple of games?

- Maybe 20 bucks a game?

- No!

- You're not gonna bowl drunk again.

- I insist.

What do you want to risk?

You have everything going for you.

You're on a gravy train

with biscuit wheels.

You've just shattered my record.

What do you want to lose it for?

This is a Gran Torino looking at you.

Don't do it. Let's just have

six, seven drinks and go.

Hey, buddy boy...

you looking for

a little friendly action?

I just might know somebody

to accommodate you.

Speak of the devil, and he appears.

I'm gonna play the jukebox.


- All right!

- God!

He was robbed.

- Game, set, match, fellows.

- Yeah.

I believe you owe us another $100.

We're not getting much mercy

here tonight.

You guys have to forgive me.

You see, bowling for money...

that's my only vice.

- Here's your drink.

- Thanks, sugar.

Okay, two vices.

That's still very good.

All right, let's go.

Thank you for the education, gentlemen.

We've just received a PhD in stupidity.

Doctor, shall we?

Give us a chance to win our money back.

Are you crazy? Padre, how much

are you into us for already?


That's a landau roof and power steering

down the drain.

Could be in your pocket right now.

Let's go.

Double or nothing

I can pick up that spare.

- I think I can do it.

- That's the 6-7-10.

You'll pick up that spare the same day

my hair starts falling out.

- Let's get out of here.

- I can do this.

For $700? No way.

No, not for $700.

What have you got here?

For $1,500. Guys?

You want some of the action?

Come on, you chickenshits.

I'm good for the money. Put up my share.

Now, Mr. Big Shot, Mr. " I wear my pants

high and pick up every spare...

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Barry Fanaro

Barry Fanaro is an American screenwriter of television and feature films. He has taught screenwriting seminars at USC, UCSB, AFI and Mercer University. more…

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