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Grunt! The Wrestling Movie (1985)

R | | Comedy, Sport | November 1985 (USA)
A documentary crew sets out to unravel one of professional wrestling's most closely guarded secrets: is former champion "Mad Dog" Joe DeCurso.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Magic Schwarz ...
Mad Dog Joe DeCurso (as Greg 'Magic' Schwarz)
Steve Strong ...
The Mask (as Steven Cepello)
Marilyn Dodds Frank ...
Angel Face
Robert Glaudini ...
Dr. Tweed
Jeff Dial ...
Bill Grant ...
Captain Carnage
Dick Murdoch ...
Grunt Brother
Richard Beyer ...
Grunt Brother
Wally George ...
Emmanuel Shipov ...
Dick Kopf (as Emanuel Shipow)
Charlie Stroll
Adrian Street ...
Miss Linda ...
Steven Pudenz ...
Plastic Surgeon (as Steve Pudenz)


A documentary crew sets out to unravel one of professional wrestling's most closely guarded secrets: is former champion "Mad Dog" Joe DeCurso.

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November 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Grunt - Confronto Mortal  »

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The Raging Bull of pro wrestling movies
11 June 2011 | by (Whiteaker) – See all my reviews

I lived a block away from a Hollywood Video store that was going out of business one summer, and took a stroll on down to see what kind of bizarro obscuro I could find on the cheap. All there VHS was a dollar, so I loaded up B movie madness. The very last title I come across was Grunt: The Wrestling Movie. Seems like I had seen this poor deranged looking cardboard box in one video store or another since I was a toddler. All in all that day, I grabbed 72 of the most warped looking VHS titles to ever stain the palm of my hands. Getting them home was a bit of an issue since my car was shop. However, the raccoon eyed clerk came up with the grand idea of stuffing them all into a double garbage bag for me to tote, and tote I did. I'm sure it was quite the sight to see a 6"4" man child grinning from ear to ear as he goes down the side walk with a lumpy white bag. I know my neighbors loved when I reached the top of the stairs only for the trash bag to conveniently tear and an avalanche of VHS roll down the steps. Timing, I got it, you want it.

As it turns out Grunt was the cream of the crop, a crop that would include Alice Cooper's Monster Dog and The Black Gestapo. Grunt starts off with a black and white cinema style wrestling match. From there it's shot pretty much all hand held and edited documentary style. The story focuses on tragedy and triumph. There;s quite a bit of unintentional comedy, yet, at the same time, is the most honest movie about pro wrestling save for The Wrestler. This is mainly because the story doesn't really talk down to the viewer a la Body Slam and No Holds Barred. Both of those movies ask the audience to buy into something that just ain't happening, but Grunt don't care about nothing. It's inviting you to join the absurd ride that it is.

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