Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (1998)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Documentary, Biography, Sport  |  20 December 1998 (USA)
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Documentary focusing on the career of pro wrestler Bret Hart & his controversial exit from the WWF.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bret Hart ...
Brian Pillman ...
Blade Hart ...
Himself (Bret's Son)
Julie Hart ...
Stu Hart ...
Helen Hart ...
Diana Hart ...
Keith Hart ...
Tammy Sytch ...
Jim Neidhart ...
Georgia Hart ...
Curt Hennig ...
Curt Hennig (archive footage)
Vince McMahon ...


The life and career of Bret Hart is recounted from his youth, through the start of his career, his years in the WWF, up to the present day. Bret discusses the high and lows of his career and shows the world of professional wrestling from a wrestler's point of view. Written by A. Stooge

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The story of a man who believes in heroes, in a world where the anti-hero is king. See more »

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According to'Paul Jay', after the incident in which Bret Hart punched Vince McMahon, McMahon refused to allow any footage or other wrestlers from WWF to appear in the film. WCW, the rival wrestling company, offered Jay a deal to show the film on pay-per-view. Jay was then offered a deal from WWF which would allow the footage and the wrestlers to appear as long as he turned the deal with WCW down. Jay believes that someone in WCW was an informant for McMahon. See more »


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Performed by Colin Cripps with special guest vocalist Tara MacLean
Words and Music by Bruce Cockburn
©1997 Golden Mountain Music Corp. (SOCAN)
Used by permission
Tara MacLean appears courtesy of Nettwerk Productions/Capitol Records
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Deep Dark Secrets
31 December 1998 | by (ontario, canada) – See all my reviews

As a fan of WWF wrestling I was interested when I heard there would be a documentary on Bret "The Hitman" Hart. Growing up I watched wrestling with my older brother and father and remember Bret wrestling, to me it was very real. I took a break and just recently got back into watching it about a year ago. So when I heard about the documentary, I was very interested..........Wow was I in for a surprise!! I was amazed to see things from the inside out rather than the outside in. I learned things that I had never known before. I knew it was planned out for the most part, but I never realized the extent of it. I read through pervious comments and I was shocked......people said it was funny and exciting to see the under-belly of wrestling, but I, on the other hand, was moved almost to tears. I was upset to learn about the backstage scenes that go on outside of the ring. The Montreal incident was appalling and worst of all, every one Bret had put his faith into "screwed" him royally. Today wrestling is very different, there are women taking their clothes off and everything revolves around sex. We need to take it back to when it was a sport, not a soap opera. Don't get me wrong, I love WWF, but when I see what it did to Bret and his family, I feel horrible....The WWF betrayed his trust and his ability and destroyed the audience's faith in him..........Bret is a true champion!! This documentary gave me a persepective I had never known before...A must see for everyone who thinks wrestling is fake and no one gets hurt....people do get hurt, in more ways than one.

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