How many friends can you trust to play handball?
The movie Knockaround Guys, including scenes of Dennis Hopper
and John Malkovich playing handball, was released in October 2002. The film is
about the son of a mob boss trying to take on greater responsibility within
the family business. Dennis Hopper plays the boss and John Malkovich, the
On 10/16/1999, the Knockaround Guys crew was at the handball courts on
Surf Avenue in Coney Island to shoot some scenes. Albert Apuzzi, a longtime
handball champion, acted as consultant for the production company. He brought
in handball pros to tutor the actors and to make cameo appearances in movie.
Eddie Maisonet, a doubles champion, had a role playing a handball game against
Dennis Hopper. Now that's a matchup!
Streetplay was there for the shoot; of course we took pictures, and got some
more from professional photographer Holly Koffler-Wooley. Use these links to
see all the action:
A Streetplay photo essay, featuring Holly Koffler-Wooley's work
Photos of the actors
Photos of the handball pros