Under the Boardwalk: The MONOPOLY Story
For 80 years, the game of MONOPOLY has brought friends and families together. "Under the Boardwalk" captures how the classic board game became a worldwide cultural phenomenon, and follows the players who compete for the title of MONOPOLY World Champion. Narrated by Zachary Levi.
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Mar 4, 2011

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“The film bounces around enjoyably, giving a history of the game, talking to people who love it and chronicling the 2009 Monopoly World Championships in Las Vegas.”
3/5 – New York Times

“Under the Boardwalk provides an amiable overview of one very famous board game's history and impact, alongside a moderately engaging portrait of players preparing for the 2009 World Monopoly Championship.”
Variety

“This movie is everything a documentary about a board game should be – cheerful, upbeat, lively, and respectful of its topic and subjects.”
5/5 – Comics Onine

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For 80 years, the game of MONOPOLY has brought friends and families together on countless occasions and created millions of memories. This documentary captures how the classic board game became a worldwide cultural phenomenon, and follows the colorful players who come together to compete for the title of MONOPOLY World Champion. The film has narration provided by Zachary Levi, star of NBC's Chuck, Heroes Reborn, and Disney's Tangled.

Under the Boardwalk focuses on the MONOPOLY national and world championships that are held around the world every four to six years. Leading up to the exciting coronation of a new champion at the most recent World Championship in Las Vegas, the filmmakers follow some of the most colorful players in the game, including:
- Matt, the defending U.S. champion, who tries to earn another trip to the World Championship, along with his girlfriend, a Las Vegas showgirl.
- Dominic, who won the Rhode Island state championship in 1995 as a 14-year-old, and has always dreamed of becoming world champion.
- Rick, a lawyer from Buffalo who wants to win the prize money so he and his fiancé can buy their first house.
- Ken, who trained for 12 hours a day during his summers in college in the 70s, and has been trying to win a national championship ever since.
- Tim, a teacher in California who has used the math skills learned from MONOPOLY to help his sixth-graders achieve record test scores.
- Bjørn, a 19-year-old student from Norway out to prove that a teenager can beat the seasoned veterans.
- Geoff, a banker from New Zealand whose nickname is The Nimble Thimble (TNT for short, because TNT goes boom!).

In addition to the competitive arena, the game of MONOPOLY provides a wealth of other interesting stories. Few people realize that the game began as an anti-capitalist political platform thirty years before it evolved into a game about getting rich and took the world by storm in the depths of the Great Depression. This documentary looks at how MONOPOLY was transformed and why it has become so popular. The game is now sold in over 110 countries around the world in 40 different languages.

The filmmakers investigate the psychology of the game, and game experts let viewers in on the best strategies for winning.

As a cultural phenomenon, MONOPOLY has a colorful history, including secretly helping WWII POWs escape, influencing movies and television since its inception, and being part of all kinds of interesting world records and trivia. (The longest underwater game is over 72 hours, and the longest continuous game lasted 70 straight days.) And no film about this classic board game would be complete without meeting a few of the quirky collectors of all things MONOPOLY.

MONOPOLY began by bringing friends and families together, and now, through its universal language and World Championships, helps bring the whole world together. Filming locations included the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Norway, Japan, Singapore and Australia. Anchoring the film is Phil Orbanes, a former Sr. VP at Parker Brothers, author of 3 MONOPOLY books, and current Chief MONOPOLY Judge.

Extra Content

7 videos, 96 minutes
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Narrator Zachary Levi Outtake Reel
Bonus Content
1 minutes
Bloopers and outtakes from our recording session with Narrator Zachary Levi
World Championship Final Game
Bonus Content
42 minutes
The full final game of the 2009 MONOPOLY World Championship.
Extended Australia Sequence
Bonus Content
5 minutes
The Australia sequence from the film with a longer cut of footage, not seen in the theatrical version.
Extended Canada Sequence
Bonus Content
6 minutes
The Canada sequence from the film with a longer cut of footage, not seen in the theatrical version.
The Methods of Monopoly
Bonus Content
16 minutes
Part 1 of a 3 part featurette about the The Methods, Math, and Myths of Monopoly from US Finalist and teacher Tim Vandenberg.
The Math of Monopoly
Bonus Content
18 minutes
Part 2 of a 3 part featurette about the The Methods, Math, and Myths of Monopoly from US Finalist and teacher Tim Vandenberg.
The Myths of Monopoly
Bonus Content
8 minutes
Part 3 of a 3 part featurette about the The Methods, Math, and Myths of Monopoly from US Finalist and teacher Tim Vandenberg.
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