Director Seth Gordon's The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters is more than just a great documentary about gamers battling to hold onto their Donkey Kong high-score records -- it's also a great American comedy. The unexpected entertaining subject matter: Underdog Steve Wiebe has bested reigning hot-sauce-loving champion Billy Mitchell's record on videotape, but, since the organization in charge of the Kong world championships doesn't want to see Mitchell upseated, they go to great lengths to prevent Wiebe from seeing his score verified. Thus, it becomes a sort of man versus the Man story. In that way, you can look at it as the Mr. Smith Goes to Washington of documentaries about video games twenty years past their prime.
Director: Seth Gordon
Writer: Ed Cunningham and Seth Gordon
Producer: Ed Cunningham
Cast: Walter Day, Billy Mitchell, Todd Rogers, Steve Sanders, Doris Self and Steve Wiebe
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters