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(1996)

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Bill Murray really bowled three strikes in a row in the scene where his character, Ernie McCracken does the same. The crowd's reaction is genuine and is actually for Murray. Woody Harrelson, on the other hand, was a terrible bowler and according to the Farrelly brothers maybe got one or two strikes throughout the filming.
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As is the case with most of his films, Bill Murray ad-libbed virtually every line he spoke, including commercial. He would read over the script, get the general idea, and then discard it. The Farrelly brothers, on the DVD commentary, said that they're very glad he did, because it was funnier.
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Peter Farrelly called the film's box-office failure the biggest disappointment of their career, attributing the failure to its release during the 1996 Olympics. Farrelly said that it was crushing. However, he said that six to eight months later, when the film was released on home video, it became a big hit.
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According to the Farrelly brothers, they didn't initially take Lin Shaye (The Landlady) seriously, after having already cast her in a small role in Dumb and Dumber (1994) at the suggestion of New Line Cinema studio executive Robert Shaye. However, when she came into read for this movie, she was mistaken for a homeless person looking for an ashtray. They politely tried getting her out until realizing it was her, in character, for the reading. The Farrellys were blown away and didn't see anyone else for the role. Shaye subsequently appeared in more of their films thereafter.
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Will Ferrell provided several of the background "shout-outs" uncredited.
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According to Chris Farley's agent Doug Robinson, Chris was offered the part of Ishmael, but his contractual obligation to appear in Black Sheep (1996) derailed this plan.
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In the scene before Roy (Woody Harrelson) gets his hand taken off, both he and Ernie (Bill Murray) enter a large building and begin walking up the stairs to the bowling alley. Roy asks, "People bowl here?" That is the actual location of the bowling alley where they filmed that scene, as it is located on the third floor of the building. The lanes are called Beaver Valley Bowl located in Rochester, Pennsylvania.
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The back rows of fans at the Reno bowling stadium are made out of cardboard.
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The band playing at the bar, while Ishmael (Randy Quaid) dances with the other man's girlfriend, is the same band from There's Something About Mary (1998) that plays between scenes.
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Urge Overkill is the band that performs "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Reno tournament.
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In the scene in the bowling alley restaurant, just before Ishmael is about to get beaten up, the three are eating burgers and fries. However, Roy is eating a salad because Woody Harrelson is a vegan.
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In the big bowling tournament at the end, an unseen person in the stands yells "Attaboy, Luther!" Everytime Don Knotts' character speaks in public in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966), an unseen person also yells "Attaboy, Luther!"
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Throughout the movie, Claudia (Vanessa Angel) and Roy (Woody Harrelson) refer to Ishmael (Randy Quaid) as "The Kid", even though Quaid is older than Angel and Harrelson by sixteen and eleven years, respectively.
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Roy (Woody Harrelson) dreams that the Gambler (Chris Elliott) will pay him one million dollars to sleep with Ishmael (Randy Quaid). This is a reference to Indecent Proposal (1993), also starring Harrelson.
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Michael Keaton was originally considered for the role of Roy Munson.
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Jim Carrey was the first choice of the Farrelly brothers to play Ernie McCracken.
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In the scene where Roy bowls against the priest just prior to getting his hand put in the ball return machine was in a bowling alley in Bellevue, Pennsylvania. The exterior shot was in Beaver county Pennsylvania, The rest was filmed in Bellevue. Although the bowling alley is now gone, the green and white checkered linoleum floor that is seen at the bottom of the steps after Roy and Ernie enter is still there to this day.
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The scene where Ishmael gets the garbage thrown at his feet, by the truckload of "Indians", is a reference to the public service announcement from the early 1970s.
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Among others, Pro Bowling Hall of Famers Parker Bohn III and Mark Roth appear briefly during the final tournament scene. In one shot, Roy shakes Mark's hand after defeating him in a head-to-head match.
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In the original trailer, Roy chops Buttercup's legs off at the knee, explaining why its so much shorter.
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It has been confirmed that Skidmark (Roger Clemens) is related to Seabass from Dumb and Dumber (1994), linking the two movies.
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In Cheers (1982) season four, episode nine, "From Beer to Eternity", Woody Boyd (Woody Harrelson) reveals that he is an ex-bowling ace who retired due to crippling a man in a bowling accident. In this film, his character is forced into retirement due to a bowling injury.
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In the final tournament, the announcer says there is a Cinderella story shaping up here, referring to one of Bill Murray's famous scenes in Caddyshack (1980).
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Nicolas Cage turned down the role of Roy Munson.
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Although Ishmael (Randy Quaid) is younger than Roy (Woody Harrelson), Randy is eleven years older.
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Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens has a small cameo in the film. In the restaurant scene where Roy punches out Ishmael, Roger Clemens plays the part of Skidmark. As of 2018, Clemens ranks ninth on the all-time wins list for Major League Baseball pitchers with 354 career victories.
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Both Woody Harrelson and Bill Murray appear in Zombieland (2009) together.
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Roy's car is a 1972 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible.
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The signer on Roy's Odor Eaters championship check is Production Designer Sydney J. Bartholomew, Jr.
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Real-life sportscasters Chris Berman and Chris Schenkel cover the Reno bowling tournament for ESPN.
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John Dennis, the play-by-play announcer for the final bowling tournament, is a real-life sports media member. He is popular in New England for being the co-host of Dennis and Callahan, the morning show for WEEI, Boston's most famous sports radio station, from 1997 to 2016. He and co-host Gerry Callahan (a columnist for Sports Illustrated and the Boston Herald) welcomed the Farrelly Brothers to their show on several occasions and also joined them on-set.
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The Farrelly brothers are known for putting Boston sportspeople in their films in this one its Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens as Skidmark
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Bill Murray and Chris Elliott appeared in Groundhog Day (1993).
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George Clooney was considered for the role of Stanley Osmanski.
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PGA Tour players Brad Faxon and Billy Andrade both appear in two scenes, when Roy enters the bowling alley in the opening sequence, and when he leaves for the first tournament. Both players have numerous wins on tour.
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Bill Murray and Randy Quaid appeared in Quick Change (1990).
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In the opening bowling tournament, Roy is bowling at Carrick Lanes in Carrick (Pittsburgh neighborhood).
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Cameo 

John Popper: Lead singer and harmonica player for Blues Traveler, has a bit part as the announcer for the Reno bowling championship. Blues Traveler, in Amish garb, appears at the end of the movie playing one of their songs.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

When Roy and Ishmael are at McKnight Lanes they pull the "dictionary salesman" con this is the exact same con that led to Roy getting his hand chopped off
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When Ishmael asks what's the worst that could happen Roy briefly glances at his hook indicating that the last con resulted in Roy losing his hand
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When Stanley realizes that he has been hustled he tells his goons to make Ishmael's left hand look like his right hand a reference to when Roy lost his left hand when it was shoved into a ball return
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