Word Wars

Sports & Competition, American Culture
Eric Chaikin
80 minutes


Official Selection
Sundance Film Festival

Audience Award
IDA Awards

Outstanding Cultural & Artistic Programming Nominee
Emmy Awards



Word Wars follows the lives of four of the top-rated Scrabble players in the country as they crisscross the United States in heated competitions culminating in their ultimate quest: the $25,000 top prize awarded at the national tournament in San Diego. Through rigorous memorization of the dictionary, the use of "natural drugs," identity crises, and copious amounts of Maalox, Word Wars, with its tongue firmly planted in cheek, uncovers the fiercely competitive, highly idiosyncratic world of professional Scrabble.


Eric Chaikin

Chaikin is a producer, actor, and published authority in the field of "recreational linguistics" (wordplay) that appears as a character in “Word Freak.” Formerly a software executive at a major Wall Street technology firm, he is an expert tournament player himself, with first-hand knowledge of the characters, their lifestyles, rivalries, rituals and reverence for the game.


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