Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story

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Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story
Directed by Brant Sersen
Produced by Peter Gelles
Chris Lechler
Brant Sersen
Brian Steinberg
Written by Brant Sersen
Brian Steinberg
Starring Rob Corddry
Paul Scheer
Dannah Feinglass
Rob Riggle
Rob Huebel
Ed Helms
Curtis Gwinn
Seth Morris
DJ Hazard
Edited by Chris Lechler
Paul Grass
Distributed by The 7th Floor
Release date
  • March 12, 2004 (2004-03-12) (SXSW)
Running time
91 minutes
Language English

Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story is a 2004 film by Brant Sersen in his directorial debut, written by Brian Steinberg and Brant Sersen. It is an improvisational comedy set in the world of paintball. It stars Rob Corddry, Paul Scheer, Dannah Feinglass, Rob Riggle, Rob Huebel, Ed Helms, Curtis Gwinn, Seth Morris, and DJ Hazard. It was also Ed Helms' acting debut.


Paintball's first superstar, Bobby Dukes, led his team, the River Rats, to an unprecedented three consecutive victories at The Hudson Valley National Paintball Classic. On May 28, 1993, the River Rats were competing for their fourth "Classic" victory when disaster struck. Bobby, attempting one of his signature moves, was shot. Desperate to stay in the game, Dukes intentionally wiped the paint from his jersey, thus committing paintball's most heinous crime. A zealous referee spotted the wipe and ejected Bobby from the game. The three-time champ was embarrassed, went to Venezuela, and left the game for 10 years while being the laughingstock of the paintball community. Deemed a cheater, disgraced and humiliated, Bobby disappeared. Ten years later an older and wiser Dukes returns to reclaim his title and erase the memory of his tainted past. He enters the 2003 Classic but finds no self-respecting paintball player will be caught dead on his team. On the verge of giving up hope, Bobby joins forces with the most unlikely of allies... the referee that caught him cheating. Now, the two improbable partners must recruit a team of paintball misfits and take back the Hudson Valley Paintball Classic taking place at Liberty Paintball in Patterson, New York.


This film won the Audience Award at the 2004 South By Southwest Film Festival and the 2005 Boston Independent Film Festival.


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