The Ringer


1h 34m 2005

Brief Synopsis

Steve Barker is a nice guy stuck in a mundane desk job when a twist of fate turns his life--and his definition of success--upside down. When Steve works up the courage to ask his boss for a promotion, his wish is surprisingly granted, with one condition: Steve must first fire Stave, the long-time janitor at the company. To soften the blow, Steve offers to employ the distraught janitor himself, a decision that quickly backfires when a lawn care accident lands Stavi in the hospital missing several fingers not to mention medical insurance. Desperate for the cash to save Stavi's digits, Steve enlists the help of his smarmy uncle Gary, who's worried about his own skyrocketing gambling debts. In typical fashion, Gary comes up with an unthinkable, contemptible, lower-than-low scheme just crazy enough to seem doable: former track star Steve will compete in the upcoming Special Olympics as a "ringer," handily defeating the greatest champion of all time, six-time Gold Medal pentathlete Jimmy, whom Gary will bet against. Racked with remorse over Stavi, Steve begrudgingly goes along with the scandalous plan and transforms himself into "Jeffy," his new alter-ego. But succeeding at being intellectually challenged turns out to be a far greater challenge than Steve ever imagined. From convincing Special Olympics volunteer Lynn Sheridan, with whom Steve is smitten; to trying to win the friendship of his feisty fellow competitors, Steve is stumped, not to mention not nearly good enough to win any of his events. To make matters worse, Steve's co-competitors soon get wise to his scam. But instead of turning against him they decide to join him and train Steve as a competitor themselves, hoping he can topple the arrogant Jimmy from the podium. With a training regimen unlike anything ever seen in sports before, Steve prepares to go for the Gold for his new friends--and, in the process, stumbles at long last upon his personal best.

Film Details

Also Known As
Ringer
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Comedy
Sports
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.; Custom Film Effects; Digital Film Works Inc; Fox Searchlight Pictures; Gala Catering, Inc.; Smart Entertainment; Sony Pictures Scoring Stage; Soundstorm
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; 20th Century Fox International; Fox Searchlight Pictures; Hispano Foxfilms; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Austin, Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Synopsis

Steve Barker is a nice guy stuck in a mundane desk job when a twist of fate turns his life--and his definition of success--upside down. When Steve works up the courage to ask his boss for a promotion, his wish is surprisingly granted, with one condition: Steve must first fire Stave, the long-time janitor at the company. To soften the blow, Steve offers to employ the distraught janitor himself, a decision that quickly backfires when a lawn care accident lands Stavi in the hospital missing several fingers not to mention medical insurance. Desperate for the cash to save Stavi's digits, Steve enlists the help of his smarmy uncle Gary, who's worried about his own skyrocketing gambling debts. In typical fashion, Gary comes up with an unthinkable, contemptible, lower-than-low scheme just crazy enough to seem doable: former track star Steve will compete in the upcoming Special Olympics as a "ringer," handily defeating the greatest champion of all time, six-time Gold Medal pentathlete Jimmy, whom Gary will bet against. Racked with remorse over Stavi, Steve begrudgingly goes along with the scandalous plan and transforms himself into "Jeffy," his new alter-ego. But succeeding at being intellectually challenged turns out to be a far greater challenge than Steve ever imagined. From convincing Special Olympics volunteer Lynn Sheridan, with whom Steve is smitten; to trying to win the friendship of his feisty fellow competitors, Steve is stumped, not to mention not nearly good enough to win any of his events. To make matters worse, Steve's co-competitors soon get wise to his scam. But instead of turning against him they decide to join him and train Steve as a competitor themselves, hoping he can topple the arrogant Jimmy from the podium. With a training regimen unlike anything ever seen in sports before, Steve prepares to go for the Gold for his new friends--and, in the process, stumbles at long last upon his personal best.

Crew

David M Abelman

Painter

Jonathan Abrams

Editorial Production Assistant

James Ahern

Video Assist/Playback

Sally Allen

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Kenny Anderson

Carpenter

Natalie Angel

Production Coordinator

James Badstibner

Assistant

Marc Baird

Storyboard Artist

Dawn Baker

Scenic Artist

Pat Ballard

Song

Kevin Barnett

Assistant

Joe P Barrow

Carpenter

Ronn Basquette

Consultant

Bobby Bastarache

Grip

Paul A Beach

Medic

Stephen F. Beasley

Rigging Gaffer

Bob Beemer

Sound Mixer

Bob Bell

On-Set Dresser

Thomas Bell

Song

Elmer Bernstein

Song

Elmer Bernstein

Song Performer

Jay Biederman

Assistant

Bradley Blei

On-Set Dresser

Ricky Blitt

Screenplay (First Draft)

Gary Blufer

Sound Department

Kiim Bodner

Accountant

Glen Bohls

Greensman

Jo Edna Boldin

Casting

Cosmas Paul Bolger Jr.

Visual Effects Producer

Chris Brady

Song

Dan Brattain

Music Lyrics

Dan Brattain

Song

Troy Breeding

Makeup

Toni Cobb Brock

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Scott Brooks

Assistant

Carl Brown

Song

Carl Brown

Music Lyrics

Rodney T Brown

Foreman

Shantel Brown

Music Lyrics

Darwin Browne

Key Grip

Richard Bucher

Stunts

Gary Burritt

Negative Cutter

Virginia Capobianco

Painter

Raul Carrera

On-Set Dresser

Paul Carter

Set Production Assistant

Bob Casale

Music Scoring Mixer

Chris Castaldi

Assistant Director

Layne Chaney

Grip

Richard E. Chapla

Production Supervisor

Leticia Chavarria

Extras Agent/Coordinator

Mark Chavarria

Stunts

Jeffrey N Civa

Camera Assistant

Karlyton Clanton

Song

Dan Clermont

Carpenter

Gene Clinesmith

Camera Assistant

Richard Colburn

Song

Scott Conn

Electrician

Steve Constancio

Set Costumer

Michael Cooke

Song

Henry Cosby

Song

Albert Cota

Song

Linda Creed

Song

Joe Crnko

Music Conductor

April Crump

Set Designer

Patrick Cusack

Assistant Sound Editor

James D'andrea

Production Assistant

Jeanne Dear

Assistant

Andrew Decristofaro

Supervising Sound Editor

Gilbert Delagarza

Film Lab

John Derryberry

On-Set Dresser

Phyllis Detrich

Property Master

Mando Diao

Song Performer

Bjorn Dixgard

Song

Steve Drake

Best Boy Grip

Judith B Drouin

Painter

Jenna Dupree

Accounting Assistant

Tim Eckel

Set Designer

Marq Edwards

Loader

Sheila Eitson

Painter

John Enroth

Music Engineer

Matt Eppedio

Assistant

David Esparza

Sound Effects Editor

Kim Everett-martin

Casting Associate

Bobby Farrelly

Producer

Peter Farrelly

Producer

Gregory Faucett

Transportation Coordinator

Marc S. Fischer

Co-Producer

Marc S. Fischer

Unit Production Manager

George Folsey

Editor

Cain Fonseca

Music Lyrics

Joe Forlini

Craft Service

Melissa Forney

Hair

Erik J Fossum

Assistant

Nancy Foy

Casting Director

Clem Franek

Co-Producer

John A Frick

Art Director

Steve Frusher

Special Effects Foreman

Joanna Gallagher

Choreographer

Tony Gardner

Makeup Effects

Christopher Geddes

Song

Mike Gillespie

Craft Service

Lawrence Glass

On-Set Dresser

Michael Goldman

Song

Kayse Goodell

Set Production Assistant

Shelly Goodhope

Song

Shelly Goodhope

Music Lyrics

Jimmie Sue Goodman

Painter

John Goodman

Painter

Garrett Grant

Unit Production Manager

Scott Graves

Best Boy Electric

Aaron Green

Manager

Vincent Guisetti

Foley Artist

Mark Gutierrez

Carpenter

Kit Gwin

Casting Associate

Brad Haehnel

Score Recording

Jeremy F Hall

Extras Casting Assistant

Chris Hamala

Rigging Grip

Philip Hardage

Assistant Director

Barbara Harris

Voice Casting

Joel Heller

Associate Editor

Jose Luis Hernandez

Location Scout

K.c. Hodenfield

Associate Producer

K.c. Hodenfield

Assistant Director

Rochad Holiday

Song

Lindsay Hovel

Assistant

Don Howe Jr.

Camera Assistant

Randy Smith Huke

Set Decorator

Heather Ignarro

Production Coordinator

Mark Irwin

Director Of Photography

Mark Irwin

Other

Kevin Lamont Jackson

Stunts

Stephen Jackson

Song

John L. Jacobs

Producer

Robyn Jacobs

Painter

Sammy James

Song

Simon James

Music Contractor

Janice Janecek

Set Costumer

Lisa Jensen

Costume Designer

Billy Joel

Song

John Johns

Video

Margaret Johnson

Greensman

Pamela Nedd Kahn

Foley Artist

Charles Kaplan

Apprentice Editor

Thomas Karl

Scenic Artist

K J Kernan

Location Manager

Bob Kildea

Song

Laura J King

Medic

Garry Kirks

Carpenter

Peter Kolb

Rigging Grip

Kory Kruckenberg

Music Engineer

Mario Kyprianou

Set Production Assistant

Markus Langhans

Stunts

Tracie Laymon

Construction

Johnny Lee

Office Production Assistant

Dave Lenox

Advisor

Dave Lenox

Other

Keith G Lewis

Costume Supervisor

David A Little

Transportation Co-Captain

Melody Lloyd

Medic

Lucky Lobdell

Carpenter

Greg Lomas

Dolly Grip

Howard London

Adr Mixer

Patrick Lopez

Assistant

Stephen Lotwis

Music Editor

Martin Luecke

Editorial Production Assistant

Robert Lukacs

Film Lab

Christopher Martin

Greensman

Sarah Martin

Song

Ana Martinez

Art Director

Miles Mccauley

Carpenter

Joseph Mccusker

Construction Coordinator

Albert Mckay

Song

Dennis Mcneill

Color Timer

Raul Mello

Electrician

Veronica Mendez

Music Lyrics

Veronica Mendez

Song

Melissa Mercer

Casting Assistant

Michael Monagan

Music Lyrics

Michael Monagan

Song

Eric Montes

Rigging Electrician

Keri Moorhouse

Assistant

Mark Mothersbaugh

Music

Sylvia Moy

Song

Stuart Murdoch

Song

Lonnie Nelson

Transportation Captain

Deana Newcomb

Photography

Gustaf Noren

Song

Roxie Norman

Hair

Nancy Kyong Nugent

Adr/Dialogue Editor

Marco Paolini

Compositing Supervisor

Hutch Parker

Studio Executive

John Parker

On-Set Dresser

Shobie Partos

Location Manager

Fred W Peck

Rerecording

Leola Perez

Painter

Scott Perez

On-Set Dresser

Ronald Perkins

Construction

Mari Phillips

Props

John M Pisani

Unit Publicist

Paul Pleasant

Assistant

Film Details

Also Known As
Ringer
MPAA Rating
PG-13
Genre
Comedy
Sports
Release Date
2005
Production Company
Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment, Inc.; Custom Film Effects; Digital Film Works Inc; Fox Searchlight Pictures; Gala Catering, Inc.; Smart Entertainment; Sony Pictures Scoring Stage; Soundstorm
Distribution Company
Fox Searchlight Pictures; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; 20th Century Fox International; Fox Searchlight Pictures; Hispano Foxfilms; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Austin, Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 34m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video May 16, 2006

Released in United States Winter December 23, 2005

Feature screenwriting debut for Ricky Blitt.

Conundrum Entertainment is the production company of the Farrelly Brothers.

The filmmakers waited to get approval from the Special Olympics Board before moving forward with the project.

Released in United States on Video May 16, 2006

Released in United States Winter December 23, 2005