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Writer:
Barry W. Blaustein (narrative written by)
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Release Date:
17 March 2000 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The movie Vince McMahon does not want you to see! See more »
Plot:
A heartfelt documentary focusing on the lives of professional wrestlers and how their sport is not fake. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
fantastic documentary See more (81 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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
Michael Modest ... Himself

Terry Funk ... Himself

Mick Foley ... Himself
Danny Zucker ... Himself - Childhood Friend
Dave Meltzer ... Himself - Journalist

Jake Roberts ... Himself
Ed Beckley ... Himself - Promoter

Chyna ... Herself

Matt Hyson ... Himself
James Ware ... Himself (as Coco B. Ware)

Jesse Ventura ... Himself
Jerome Young ... Himself (as New Jack)
Dennis Stamp ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kent Chantung ... Himself
Jim Cooley ... Himself

François Petit ... Himself - Paramedic
Afa Anoai ... Himself (uncredited)

Steve Austin ... Himself (uncredited)

Matt Bloom ... Albert (archive footage) (uncredited)
Debbie Bonnanzio ... Herself - VP of Creative Services (uncredited)

Mark Calaway ... The Undertaker (uncredited)

Adam Copeland ... Edge (archive footage) (uncredited)

James E. Cornette ... Himself (uncredited)

Michael Coulthard ... Himself (uncredited)
Christopher Daniels ... Christopher Daniels (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ted DiBiase ... 'The Million Dollar Man' Ted DiBiase (archive footage) (uncredited)
Shane Douglas ... Himself (uncredited)

Tommy Dreamer ... Tommy Dreamer (uncredited)
Wayne Farris ... The Honky Tonk Man (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ed Ferrara ... Himself (uncredited)

Howard Finkel ... Himself (uncredited)
Collette Foley ... Herself (uncredited)
Dewey Foley ... Himself (uncredited)
Noelle Foley ... Herself (uncredited)

Jim Fullington ... The Sandman (uncredited)
Dory Funk Jr. ... Himself (uncredited)
Tony Garea ... Himself (uncredited)
Tom Greene ... Himself (uncredited)

Bret Hart ... Bret 'The Hitman' Hart (uncredited)
Dave Hebner ... Dave Hebner - Referee (uncredited)
Brian Heffron ... Blue Meanie (uncredited)

Mike Hegstrand ... Road Warrior Hawk (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mark Henry ... Mark Henry (archive footage) (uncredited)

Paul Heyman ... Himself (uncredited)

Devon Hughes ... D-Von Dudley (uncredited)

Brian James ... Road Dogg (uncredited)

Dwayne Johnson ... Himself / The Rock (also archive footage) (uncredited)
Mike Jones ... Virgil (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joe Laurinaitis ... Road Warrior Animal (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jerry Lawler ... Jerry 'The King' Lawler (uncredited)

Paul Levesque ... Triple H (uncredited)

Scott Levy ... Raven (uncredited)
John Lister ... Himself - Fan (uncredited)

Mark LoMonaco ... Buh Buh Ray Dudley (uncredited)

Teddy Long ... Himself (uncredited)
Jerry Lynn ... Jerry Lynn (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert Maillet ... Kurrgan (uncredited)

Michael Manna ... Stevie Richards (uncredited)

Linda McMahon ... Herself (uncredited)

Shane McMahon ... Himself (uncredited)

Stephanie McMahon ... Stephanie McMahon (uncredited)

Debra McMichael ... Debra (uncredited)

Rena Mero ... Sable (uncredited)

William Moody ... Paul Bearer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gene Okerlund ... 'Mean' Gene Okerlund (archive footage) (uncredited)

Pat Patterson ... Himself (uncredited)
P.J. Polaco ... Justin Credible (uncredited)
Bruce Prichard ... Himself (uncredited)

Robert Remus ... Sgt. Slaughter (archive footage) (uncredited)

Dustin Runnels ... Goldust (uncredited)

Terri Runnels ... Marlena (uncredited)
Vince Russo ... Himself (uncredited)

Allen Sarven ... Al Snow (uncredited)

Michael Seitz ... Michael Hayes (uncredited)

Peter Senerchia ... Taz (uncredited)

Ken Shamrock ... Ken Shamrock (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mathew Shoemaker ... Big Red (archive footage) (uncredited)
'Grizzly' Smith ... Himself (uncredited)

Monty Sopp ... Billy Gunn (uncredited)

Donna Spangler ... Principal (uncredited)
Terry Taylor ... Himself (uncredited)
John Tenta ... Himself (uncredited)

Trudy Vachon ... Luna Vachon (uncredited)

Rob Van Dam ... Himself (uncredited)

Sean Waltman ... X-Pac (uncredited)

Leon White ... Vader (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Barry W. Blaustein 
 
Writing credits
Barry W. Blaustein (narrative written by)

Produced by
Barry W. Blaustein .... producer
Barry Bloom .... producer
Brian Grazer .... producer
Ron Howard .... producer
Michael Rosenberg .... producer
Debra Marie Simon .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Nathan Barr 
 
Cinematography by
Michael Grady (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Werner 
 
Production Management
Debra Marie Simon .... unit production manager (as Debra M. Simon)
 
Sound Department
Alan Barker .... additional sound mixer
Perry Clark .... additional sound mixer
Allen 'Big Al' Ewald .... additional sound mixer (as Allen P. Ewald)
Ron Garrard .... sound mixer
Shawn Holden .... location sound
William Levins .... audio prelay (as Willy Levins)
John Lusitana .... additional sound mixer
Paul Vik Marshall .... additional sound mixer (as Paul Marshall)
Robert Matthews .... additional sound mixer
David S. McJunkin .... additional sound mixer (as Dave McJunkin)
Dave Rainey .... additional sound mixer (as David Rainey)
Eric Reisner .... additional sound mixer
Roger Schmitz .... additional sound mixer
Peter J. Verrando .... location sound (as Peter Verrando)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Samuel Ameen .... additional videographer: Anaheim, CA
Albert Bassi .... first assistant camera
Robert Bennett .... additional cinematography: Los Angeles, CA
Albree Boytos .... grip
Joan Churchill .... additional cinematography: Philadelphia, PA
Kim Crabb .... additional videographer
Ulysses Domalaon .... first assistant camera (as Ulysses Domalon)
Nick Franco .... first assistant camera (as Nic Franco)
Tamara Goldsworthy .... first assistant camera
Steve Hitchcock .... grip
Tyrell Janos .... additional videographer: mini-digital
Pat Kuske .... additional videographer: Sacramento, CA
Joe C. Maxwell .... additional cinematography: Amarillo, TX (as Joe Carmino Maxwell)
Barry Norwood .... first assistant camera
David Pryke .... additional videographer: Nashua, NH
Leon Sanginiti .... first assistant camera (as Leon Sanginiti Jr.)
Dale Scarberry .... additional videographer: Amarillo, TX
John Scarberry .... first assistant camera
David Weinreb .... first assistant camera
Kent Westberg .... additional videographer: Minneapolis, MN (as Kent Westburg)
Wade Whitley .... first assistant camera
Richard Wilcox .... grip
Alan Barker .... additional cinematographer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Greg Brayton .... assistant editor (as Gregory Brayton)
Tom Knickerbocker .... color timer
Scott Miller .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Peter Afterman .... music consultant
Brian Richards .... music editor
Margaret Yen .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Michael Adler .... legal services
Pablo Ampue .... production assistant
Corey Blaustein .... assistant to director
Drew Caron .... production assistant
Kim Crabb .... production coordinator
Jeff Crandall .... production assistant
Amy D'Alessandro .... titles
Tony Estrada .... production assistant
David Gati .... production assistant
Dolly Greene .... production assistant
Michael Greene .... production assistant
Ella Marcus .... craft service
Daniel McGarvey Jr. .... production assistant (as Dan McGarvey)
Carolyn Miller .... segment coordinator
Chris Pawsey .... production assistant
Jennifer Payson .... segment coordinator (as Jennifer Tamez)
Jennifer Scarberry .... production assistant
Katherine Tapia-Cominole .... transcriptions
John Gentry Tennyson .... production assistant
Julie Adams .... dialect coach (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Mitch Ackerman .... personal thanks
Michael Adler .... personal thanks
Mark Allen .... personal thanks (as Dr. Mark Allen)
Woody Allen .... personal thanks
Afa Anoai .... personal thanks (as Afa the Wild Samoan)
Aida Anoai .... personal thanks
Shokichi Arai .... acknowledgment: archival sources, Frontier Martial Arts Wrestling (as Mr. Shoichi Arai)
Tatsukuni Asano .... acknowledgment: archival sources, IWA Japan Pro Wrestling (as Mr. Tatsukuni Asano)
Joe Barrison .... personal thanks
Helen Blaustein .... personal thanks
Ira Blaustein .... personal thanks
Matt Bloom .... personal thanks
Michael Braverman .... personal thanks
James D. Brubaker .... personal thanks (as Jim Brubaker)
Charlie Bruzzese .... personal thanks (as Charles Bruzzese)
Lena Buffone .... personal thanks
Luigi Buffone .... personal thanks
Ron Buffone .... personal thanks
Ric Burkhard .... personal thanks
Mike Camp .... thanks: Kaleidoscope Films (as Michael Camp)
Tom Carter .... personal thanks (as Thomas Carter)
Ed Cohen .... personal thanks
Lacy Cole .... personal thanks
Warren Cole .... personal thanks
A.C. Connor .... personal thanks (as D'lo Brown)
Dan Cox .... personal thanks
Blaine DeSantis .... personal thanks (as Blaine De Santis)
Ted DiBiase .... personal thanks (as Ted Di Biase)
Jean Doumanian .... personal thanks
Tommy Dreamer .... personal thanks (as Thomas Laughlin)
Cynthia Drozdov .... personal thanks
Olaf Drozdov .... personal thanks
Rob Elowitch .... personal thanks
Lori Garfinkel .... personal thanks
Richard Garfinkel .... personal thanks
Todd Gordon .... personal thanks
Armando Guerrero .... personal thanks (as Mondo Guerrero)
Todd Hallowell .... personal thanks
Kathy Hamilton .... personal thanks
Bret Hart .... personal thanks
Kimberly Jacobs-Toeg .... thanks: Kaleidoscope Films
Brian James .... personal thanks
Kevin Jones .... personal thanks
Adam Kanter .... personal thanks
Greg Klein .... personal thanks
Walter 'Killer' Kowalski .... personal thanks (as Walter Kowalski)
David Lai .... thanks: Kaleidoscope Films
Michael Lano .... personal thanks
Jack Lanza .... personal thanks
Susan Laughlin .... personal thanks
Jerry Lawler .... personal thanks
Paul Levesque Sr. .... personal thanks (as Paul Levesque)
Patricia Levesque .... personal thanks
Paul Levesque .... personal thanks (as Triple H)
Mark LoMonaco .... personal thanks (as Buh Buh Dudley)
Russell Long .... personal thanks
Shane McMahon .... special thanks
Jennifer O'Sullivan .... special thanks: Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Inc.
Steve Panama .... thanks: Kaleidoscope Films
Lisa Parker .... special thanks: Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Inc.
Jeffery Passero .... special thanks (as Passero Casting)
Pat Patterson .... personal thanks
François Petit .... personal thanks (as Francois Petit)
P.J. Polaco .... personal thanks (as Peter Palaco)
Bruce Prichard .... personal thanks
Tom Prichard .... personal thanks
Scott Roebuck .... thanks: Kaleidoscope Films
Fumi Saito .... special thanks
Allen Sarven .... personal thanks
Peter Senerchia .... personal thanks (as Taz)
Diane K. Shah .... personal thanks
Steve Shapiro .... personal thanks
Dean Silverstone .... personal thanks
Joanne Steele .... personal thanks
Joey Styles .... personal thanks
Steven Sunshine .... personal thanks (as Steve Sunshine)
Thomas Thee .... thanks: Kaleidoscope Films
Bob Tischler .... special thanks (as Robert Tischler)
David Tousignant .... thanks: Kaleidoscope Films
Reneé Virga .... personal thanks
Sean Waltman .... personal thanks
Mikey Whipwreck .... personal thanks (as Mikey Whippenwreck)
Tom Wright .... personal thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Beyond the Mat: Unrated Director's Cut" - USA (director's cut)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and violent content
Runtime:
102 min | USA:108 min (director's cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) (director's cut) | Finland:K-15 | Germany:16 | Netherlands:16 | Singapore:R(A) | UK:15 | USA:R (No. 37049) | USA:Unrated (director's cut)

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Trivia:
Wrestling legend Roddy Piper described this film as "The best documentary ever made on professional wrestling."See more »
Quotes:
Barry W. Blaustein:I could never get over the fact that guys could beat the crap out of each other in the ring, and be friendly outside of it. Some of Terry's most famous matches were against a man twenty years his junior: Mick Foley. Over the years, Mick and Terry had traveled the world, setting each other on fire, tossing each other into barbed wire. Yet outside the ring, they were truly at peace with one another.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Lost Between Las Vegas & MarsSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
fantastic documentary, 3 April 2001
Author: marlowe_is_dead from Antarctica

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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