Knucklehead (film)

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Knucklehead movie poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Michael Watkins
Produced by Michael Pavone
Written by Bear Aderhold
Thomas F. X. Sullivan
Adam Rifkin
Starring Big Show
Stuart Pointer
Mark Feuerstein
Dennis Farina
Music by James A. Johnston
Cinematography Kenneth Zunder and Ollie Turner
Edited by Peck Prior and Jai Paddam
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Films
Release dates
  • October 22, 2010 (2010-10-22)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $7,927 (RSA)[1]

Knucklehead is a lowbrow comedy film starring Big Show (Paul Wight), Stuart Pointer, 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, Stuart Pointer, a manager for fighters is in debt to Memphis Earl. Walter and Stuart 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.



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.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

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."[3] 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, Stuart Pointer's acting performance was deemed somewhat clumsy."[4] Variety wrote that the acting "leaves a bit to be desired", and that "no one in the cast is that strong".[5] 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."[6] The New York Times called the film "mediocre".[7]


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