Synopsis by Bhob Stewart
Marshall Dostal and Mark Littman made their directorial debut with this comic documentary about wiener winners in a Coney Island consumption competition in which contestants scarf down as many hot dogs as they can in 12 minutes. George Shea, a spokesperson for the Nathan's hot-dog chain, and New York Post reporter Gersh Kurtzman provide some background and history of the event, recalling past champions. Former champ Ed "The Animal" Kratchie, a 330-pound Queens telephone employee, rose to fame after eating 22 hot dogs, but he lost the International Mustard Yellow Belt to diminutive Japanese eater Hirofumi Nakajima. Interviews include Kratchie, his mother, his bartender, and his drinking pals. Shown at the 1998 Hamptons Film Festival.