The Ringer

December 23rd, 2005


The Ringer

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A young guy's only option to erase a really bad debt is to rig the Special Olympics by posing as a contestant.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 5.7/10 (17,946 voted)

Critic's Score: 46/100

Director: Barry W. Blaustein

Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Katherine Heigl, Brian Cox

This comedy is about two guys who decide to rig the Special Olympics to pay off a debt by having one of them, Steve (Knoxville), pose as a contestant in the games, hoping to dethrone reigning champion, Jimmy. Mentally-challenged high jinks and hilarity surely follow.

Johnny Knoxville - Steve Barker
Brian Cox - Gary Barker
Katherine Heigl - Lynn Sheridan
Jed Rees - Glen
Bill Chott - Thomas
Edward Barbanell - Billy
Leonard Earl Howze - Mark
Geoffrey Arend - Winston
John Taylor - Rudy
Luis Avalos - Stavi
Leonard Flowers - Jimmy
Zen Gesner - David Patrick
Steve Levy - Steve Levy
Alcides Dias - Michael (as Al 'Train' Dias)
Mike Cerrone - Paulie

Taglines: Make it Special.


Official Website: Fox Searchlight [United States] |

Release Date: 23 December 2005

Filming Locations: Austin, Texas, USA

Opening Weekend: $7,702,439 (USA) (25 December 2005) (1829 Screens)

Gross: $35,424,335 (USA) (26 March 2006)

Technical Specs

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Did You Know?

Originally set for a US theatrical release in 2004 the film was pushed back due to studio executives' concern over its content.

Continuity: In the cafeteria, Jeffy reaches for a bottle of ketchup, misses, and knocks over a bottle of mustard. Embarrassed, he retracts his hand. The camera instantly pulls back to show Billy laughing at Jeffy, and shows the mustard bottle standing up, despite there not being enough time for someone to straighten it.

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User Review

This Movie Is Great For Special Olympic Athletes!


As Head of Delegation for a Special Olympic Texas team who has athletes featured in this movie, I have to take exception with the concept of assuming the athletes are being teased and made fun of in this movie. I spent most of 3 months on the set watching the filming 2 years ago and I know how very carefully Special Olympics International has watched the development of this movie. They have been involved in every aspect of this movie, from script development to final product. I also know how very careful Special Olympics is with putting their seal of approval on projects. They simply do not endorse ANYTHING, yet they are completely and 100% behind this movie.

I have seen the movie and can't wait to take every member of my team. Many of them have seen the movie and indeed are in it. At the premiere in Austin December 6 my athletes were howling with laughter and having a great time. While I will admit that Johnny Knoxville, the Farrelly Brothers and Special Olympics do not seem to make the best mix in the world, this works. And it is a beautiful movie. There are a few dirty words (like Forrest Gump) and a few tasteless jokes, but it is screamingly funny and has worlds of heart. The athletes are always, ALWAYS treated with the utmost respect. Unlike most movies about the mentally handicapped, there are major parts in this movie played by genuine special Olympic athletes, and they used some 200 special Olympic extra's. This was a labor of love, on both sides of the camera. It deserves to be viewed and respected. The producers had a vision of bringing to life and light the fact that mentally challenged people are well rounded and enjoyable people. They did it beautifully. Go see the movie and laugh with all your heart.


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