|Directed by||Michael Watkins|
|Produced by||Michael Pavone|
|Written by||Bear Aderhold
Thomas F. X. Sullivan
|Music by||James A. Johnston|
|Cinematography||Kenneth Zunder and Ollie Turner|
|Edited by||Peck Prior and Jai Paddam|
|Distributed by||Samuel Goldwyn Films|
|Box office||$7,927 (RSA)|
Knucklehead is a comedy film starring Big Show (Paul Wight), Mark Feuerstein, Melora Hardin and Dennis Farina. It was released on October 22, 2010 in select theaters. The DVD was released on November 9, 2010.
When 35 year old orphan Walter Krunk (Big Show) destroys the kitchen of the orphanage he grew up in, he has 10 days to raise enough money in order to save the orphanage from closing down. Meanwhile, Eddie Sullivan, a manager for fighters is in debt to Memphis Earl. Walter and Eddie join forces in order to solve their problems by becoming a team of a fighter and his manager. Together, with Mary O'Conner a worker at the orphanage, they conquer the world of amateur wrestling and choking out bears with one goal in mind, winning the tournament in New Orleans to get the trophy and the $100,000 prize that goes along with it.
- Big Show as Walter Krunk
- Melora Hardin as Mary
- Mark Feuerstein as Eddie Sullivan
- Kurt Doss as Henry
- Dennis Farina as Memphis Earl
- Wendie Malick as Sister Francesca
- Rebecca Creskoff as Tina
- Will Patton as Vic Sullivan
- Lester Speight as Redrum
- Saul Rubinek as Rabbi
- Bobb'e J. Thompson as Mad Milton
- Lurie Poston as Todd
- Lance E. Nichols as Milton's Dad
- Jake Austin Walker as Dennis
This is WWE Studios' second produced film (the first being Legendary, starring fellow wrestler John Cena), with Samuel Goldwyn Films. Filming began in New Orleans, Louisiana, and finished on November 2009.
The film has received generally negative reviews by critics. Slant Magazine gave the film half a star out of 5 stars, writing that the film's title is "a description for both the film and anyone who chooses to be its audience." About.com gave it 2 out of 5 stars, commenting that "while the movie has a ridiculous premise, somehow the execution of the story lines were even worse." Variety wrote that the acting "leaves a bit to be desired", and that "no one in the cast is that strong".Film Journal International called it a "lame comedy about a big doofus who enters the fight game manages to take every cliché in the book and render them even more clichéd." The New York Times called the film "mediocre".
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- Official website
- Knucklehead at AllMovie
- Knucklehead at the Internet Movie Database
- Knucklehead at Rotten Tomatoes