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The Jesse Ventura Story (1999)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 23 May 1999
Biography of ex-pro wrestler Jesse Ventura follows his life beginning as a youngster to election as the Governor of Minnesota in 1998.

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Nancy Anne Sakovich ...
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Christopher Bondy ...
George Janos
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Bernice Janos
Jef Mallory ...
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Bobby Johnston ...
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Phillip Jarrett ...
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Tommy Dorrian
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Biography of ex-pro wrestler Jesse Ventura follows his life beginning as a youngster to election as the Governor of Minnesota in 1998.

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Biography | Drama

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La historia de Jesse Ventura  »

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This biopic about former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura premiered on the same night that another professional wrestler, Owen Hart, tragically passed away after falling from the rafters at a live pay per view event in Kansas City, MO. See more »

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Generally makes up several facts about Jesse's life and career in wrestling including fictionalizing wrestlers, events, people, and places. Almost nothing presented in the movie is true. See more »

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The following text appears at the end of the movie just before the end credits: "Certain events in this drama based on fact are interpretive, certain characters are composite or have been fictionalized, and some names and locations have been changed". See more »

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References The Running Man (1987) See more »

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Big Boy
Written by J.J. Holiday and Jimmie Wood
Performed by Imperial Crowns
Courtesy of J J Holiday Music BMI and Strictly Hits Music ASCAP
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Fictional Wrestling With Shadows Knock off
23 May 1999 | by (Montgomery County, PA) – See all my reviews

You would think a guy who goes from flamboyant pro wrestler to Governor of Minnesota in twenty-two years would have an interesting enough life that they wouldn't have to turn it into a piece of fictional crap!

Here's the idea: Bret Hart gets screwed over by Vince McMahon and the WWF (albeit that was a work, too), they make a rather interesting documentary, Wrestling With Shadows, around it. That film gets great reviews, and Jesse Ventura gets elected Governor of Minnesota afterwards. Somebody at NBC must've seen that movie and, in typical Hollywood fashion, convinced whoever greenlighted this nonsense to combine the two, as no one would ever be interested in his *real* life (wink, wink).

I've been a wrestling fan since I was four (I'm eighteen now), and even though I booed him, I've never had anything but respect for Jesse Ventura, and he deserves better than this. He's not authorized this, and he's considering suing, and I don't blame him (the guy who plays him doesn't even sound like him!)

If you want a good wrestling film, watch Wrestling with Shadows, if you want to learn about Jesse's life, read his autobiography coming out. But by all means, stay away from this!


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