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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
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Himself
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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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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$2,047,570 (USA) (12 May 2000)
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Since the release of the film, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) lost a lawsuit to the World Wildlife Fund and was forced to change their name from WWF to World Wrestling Entertainment. 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 WWF Raw (1993) See more »

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Lost Between Las Vegas & Mars
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Performed by COMA
Courtesy of Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Inc.
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fantastic documentary
3 April 2001 | by (Antarctica) – See all my reviews

everything about this documentary is fantastic. it is emotionally charged almost the whole way thru. and sincere. i really don't know why vince mcmahon wants it banned, because after watching it, not only do i wish it were part of a series, but it will make the WWf viewing experience more intriguing. its three main foci were 53 year old "living legend" terry funk, the "insane" mick foley/mankind, and the late-80s early 90s wrestler jake "the snake" roberts.

great revelations are slipped in so understatedly as to make them seem almost trivial. "mick (foley) called to tell me that they were giving him the championship belt, but that he would lose it at a later pay-per-view, royal rumble". this was slipped in with no excitement. then we witnessed the event itself, focussing on the anguish of his wife and two kids sitting at ringside. and as he took immense and REAL punishment, their tears manifested themselves on my face.

another insight was shown as a person sitting in the "back-room" was feeding commentary to the "real" commentators sitting at ringside.

the documentary held more pain when it turned its attention on jake roberts, who now plays small-town cards, smokes, and is a crack-addict. i remember him from his high-times, and seeing him in this condition pierced my heart. and when his life story unravels, it turns grotesque. "my mom was 13 when she had me," he drawls. "that's cos my daddy raped her.....he was my mom's mom's (ie grandmother's) boyfriend..."

as i said, i wish that this were one in a series of exposes, for this is fascinating, and one of the best documentaries i have ever seen.


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