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Beyond the Mat (1999)

R  |   |  Documentary, Biography, Sport  |  17 March 2000 (USA)
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A heartfelt documentary focusing on the lives of professional wrestlers and how their sport is not fake.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry W. Blaustein ...
Himself - Narrator
Vince McMahon ...
Himself
Jim Ross ...
Himself - Sr. VP of Talent
Jim Bell ...
Himself - Sr. VP of Merchandising
Darren Drozdov ...
Himself
Roland Alexander ...
Himself
Tony Jones ...
Himself - XPW Wrestler
...
Himself
...
Himself
Mick Foley ...
Himself
Danny Zucker ...
Himself - Childhood Friend
Dave Meltzer ...
Himself - Journalist
Jake Roberts ...
Himself
Ed Beckley ...
Himself - Promoter
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Herself
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Storyline

This documentary focuses on the lives of professional wrestlers Terry Funk, Mick Foley (Mankind), Jake Roberts (Jake the Snake) and Darren Drozdov (Droz). As the film progresses, the story of their lives unfolds, as we also learn how the wrestling industry is not the plastic-weapons fake-slap sideshow that many have perceived it as. We are shown how moves, although not actually injuring anyone, are not fake, and extreme training is required to be able to perform the stunts without being harmed. We are also treated to interviews with the family of Mick Foley and what it is like for them to know their father literally puts his life on the line every week and how it feels to have other children call their father a "fake". Vince McMahon, owner of World Wrestling Entertainment, also makes a few appearances, responding to criticism on various wrestling situations, including, once again, his real athletes, very real organization being called fake by sources such as USA Today and various news... Written by JoJo Mac

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Rated R for language and violent content | See all certifications »
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17 March 2000 (USA)  »

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Beyond the Mat: Unrated Director's Cut  »

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,532 (USA) (22 October 1999)

Gross:

$2,047,570 (USA) (12 May 2000)
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Trivia

Vince McMahon was reportedly upset when neither he nor his company received any compensation after the film's success at the box office, as he had been led to believe that it was a non-commercial independent film. McMahon subsequently refused to promote the movie, even going so far as to ban the film's trailers from airing during commercial breaks of his WWF Raw (1993) broadcasts. See more »

Quotes

Jake Roberts: Put me on the card. Let me bring some asses to the seats. Pay me. I don't care if I'm the champ. I don't care if I'm the water boy. Just let me be part of the show, and I'll do my share.
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Crazy Credits

Closing dedication: This film is dedicated to my wife, Lorrie and our children, Kasey and Corey, who have stood by patiently with love and support as I blabbed about wrestling for the last five years. See more »

Connections

Features ECW Barely Legal (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Lost Between Las Vegas & Mars
Written by Guy Thomas & Pascale Coulombe, Nicolas Maranda
Performed by COMA
Courtesy of Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Inc.
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Foley is Good and the real world is faker than wrestling
20 March 2004 | by (St Petersburg Florida) – See all my reviews

Yes, that's the title to the second Mick Foley book, but it also does a good job of summarizing this wonderful documentary. This movie shows wrestling for the dangerous and addictive sport it is and that people seem to forget because the endings are predetermined. If you can watch the scenes where Foley is repeatedly hit in the head in front of his wife with a chair and then try and talk about how fake the sport is. Look at the life of Jake Roberts and say that there isn't something inherently messed up. Though it depicts horrible acts of violence and drug use, but this movie is more shocking in the damage people in this sport do to themselves in pursuit of this "fake" sport with so little respect for themselves. A chilling and wonderful documentary.


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