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Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (1998)

Documentary focusing on the career of pro wrestler Bret Hart & his controversial exit from the WWF.

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Julie Hart ...
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Stu Hart ...
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Helen Hart ...
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Diana Hart ...
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Keith Hart ...
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Georgia Hart ...
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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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An Unprecedented Look Behind The Scenes Of The WWF. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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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Referenced in WWF in Your House 16: Canadian Stampede (1997) See more »

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Pacing The Cage
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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Fascinating look at the Hart of pro-wrestling!
31 August 1999 | by (Sterling Heights, Michigan) – See all my reviews

How far are you willing to go? How deep can you go into the world of pro-wrestling, and the life of pro-wrestler Bret "The Hitman" Hart? This is it! This film will take on a journey closer to the life of Bret Hart, and closer to the life of a pro-wrestler. Wrestling is fake, yes. But what's it like behind the stage, where the stories are created, and the matches are planned? And what transpired during the time in which Vince McMahon planned his betrayal of Bret Hart? You won't see anything quite like this for a long time! "Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows" documents Bret's life from his childhood to his relationship with his father, his family, and his relationship with Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation. It's never boring, and me, being a former pro-wrestling fan, I came to appreciate what tasks the wrestlers had to undertake. I also strongly agree with a lot of what Bret says in the film, that pro-wrestling has become bloodier, raunchier, and more inappropriate for children than anything, simply for the sake of ratings. You come to feel sympathy for Bret, knowing the hardships a pro-wrestling really does have to deal with. It's also tragic to know that soon after this film was made, his brother Owen Hart was killed in a stunt at the WWF. Vince McMahon has indeed, gone too far for the sake of beating Ted Turner's WCW ratings. I highly recommend this film for someone who likes pro-wrestling and wrestler Bret Hart. If you don't like wrestling, this film will make you come to feel respect for the man, and the people involved in the wrestling business


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