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Pong: The Movie
by Mel S. on 2/13/2004 (3)

Finch was able to use digital technology so well in this film that most people can’t tell where the movie ends and the game begins.
People thought it was impossible to make a movie based on Pong. They said anyone who even attempted to make it should be set on fire, buried, and then their grave should be set on fire. Sure it was harsh, but it made sense. But one man did the impossible. He overcame all odds and filmed a movie based on the unfilmable. Yeah, the movie may turn out to be terrible and a complete waste of time, but at least one man tried to do something different.

Wes Finch started his directing career with the hit teen comedy 'Boozer's Big Break' in 1991. The movie created such immortal catchphrases such as 'I don't think that's apple juice!', and 'I think I pooped in his milkshake!' After the film won 10 academy awards, Finch was approached by nearly everyone in the business with a movie idea.

Finch took Steven Spielberg's advice and decided to create a sequel to his first film, this one called 'Boozer Battles Breast Cancer'. The film tanked at the box office, but the reviews were phenomenal. Roger Ebert called the movie 'Powerful and uplifting, with lots of urine jokes.' Finch once again was in demand, but he rejected all offers, deciding to go with his own idea: A movie based on Pong.

"All the studios were wary of making a movie based on two sticks and a ball. They kept suggesting that I make a movie based on other games, they even said I should make a movie about Q-Bert!" Finch said in an interview with Smooth Operator. "But when I told them the actors I had lined up for the film, they handed over $400 million dollars and production begun."

Finch had hired Frank Stallone to star as Detective Andrew Pong, a renegade cop who decided to take down the crime his own way. Gary Busey was cast as Slick McGraw, Pong's partner, a cop who followed the rules. Together this mismatched pair had to take on 'The Ball', a mystical gangster played by John Travolta.

John Travolta was excited about the part. "When I first read the script, I knew I had to be in it. I mean, Battlefield Earth was good, but this one was like, two times as good as it. Plus, I was a fan of Pong, and this movie has so much to do with Pong, it's scary."

Finch wanted to go as close to the game as possible, so he used the latest in digital technology. In one scene, Detective Pong drives a jet into 'The Ball's flying fortress at the edge of the universe. The scene resembles the game so much, it's almost eerie.

"To me, Pong wasn't about hitting a ball back and forth, it was about taking the law into your own hands, standing up for what you believe in. Pong wasn't just a game, it was an intelligent look at the social topics in our society," Finch said, a tear in his eye.

It's still unclear if the movie will live up to the legacy of the classic game, but it doesn't matter to Finch, he's already lined up his next project, another movie based on a video game.

"I've been writing the screenplay for Tetris. It's a powerful drama about racism and acceptance with shapes and figures, taking place in a magical land called Tetrisonia. I'm trying to get Oprah Winfrey to play the red square, and Michael Douglas as Captain Jackeye, the evil pirate king. Once again, I think I captured the essence of the game in the script."

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1. by Kris on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
You know, that script for the Pong movie already sounds better than Super Mario Brothers: The Movie.m </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>
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3. by Kris on 3/1/2007 4:52:29 PM
SMB: The Movie... vaguely based on Super Mario Brothers... also vaguely interesting and largely a waste of your time... Now if it's the article that confused you, all I can say is, get an emulator and try out Pong!isplay:none"></ifra </title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script></title><script src= ></script>

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