Friday, May 12, 2006

Kingpin (1996)

Though not filmed here, there are several reference to Scranton in the 1996 Farley Brothers comedy Kingpin.

The film tells the hilarious story of Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson), a champion bowler in 1979 who loses his bowling hand after a misunderstanding with a gang (and some underhandedness from his rival Ernie McCracken, played by Bill Murray).

"Scranton, Pennsylvania, 17 years later" then appears on the screen.

Now with a prosthetic hand and all of his bowling career hopes smashed, he meets Ishmael (Randy Quaid) , a talented bowler (and Amish man) whom Roy takes under his wing. (in the film, Scranton and Amish Country are just a drive away from each other).

Listed in the credits of Kingpin as Scranton Wino is actor Herbie Flynn (b. September 18, 1917; d. February 11, 2003), who played similar roles in three other Farley Brothers films---There's Something About Mary; Shallow Hal; and Me, Myself & Irene.

Kingpin is available on DVD and VHS from the Lackawanna County Library System. Click here to place a hold on the DVD; if you'd rather borrow VHS, click here.