A League of Ordinary Gentlemen

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Released 2004

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Released:
2004
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R
A League of Ordinary Gentlemen is a 2005 documentary directed by Christopher Browne. This film examines the ups and downs of professional bowling in America. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, bowling was one of America's most popular past times. Millions of Americans took to the lanes or watched professionals battle it out on television. Bowling was almost synonymous with urban, working class life. However, bowling's popularity imploded during the 1980s and 90s. The health of the sport became even more dire when network television stop broadcasting events toward the middle of the 1990s. The professional league was saved by a last minute multimillion dollar investment from a group of Microsoft executives. Now, a faded glory of its former self, the Professional Bowlers Association scratches by barely able to subsist. A League of Ordinary Gentlemen follows four professional bowlers competing in a league caught precariously on the cusp of rebirth or headed into a final death spiral. The film features Walter Ray Williams, Charles Barkley and Timothy Busfield.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Informativeand endearing film.

  • 80

    Variety Ronnie Scheib

    Chris Browne's sense of humor captures perfectly the contradictions, absurdities and drama at the intersection of class, media, money and sports without dissing any of his player/s...

  • 50

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    Directing his first feature, Christopher Browne shows flair and determination in getting the movie's pathos down pat, but he can't quite find enough that is pleasurable in its many...

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