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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:
Heartfelt documentry 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 »
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Hard-hitting documentary that has been overtaken by events - 79% See more (77 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
David Ware ... Himself (as Coco B. Ware)

Jesse Ventura ... Himself
Jerome Young ... Himself (as New Jack)
Dennis Stamp ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted DiBiase ... Himself (archive footage)
François Petit ... Himself - Paramedic
Mathew Shoemaker ... Big Red
Afa Anoai ... Himself (uncredited)

Steve Austin ... Himself (uncredited)
Matt Bloom ... (uncredited)
Debbie Bonnanzio ... Herself - VP of Creative Services (uncredited)

Mark Calaway ... The Undertaker (uncredited)

Adam Copeland ... Edge (uncredited)
James E. Cornette ... Himself (uncredited)

Christopher Daniels ... Himself (uncredited)
Shane Douglas ... Himself (uncredited)
Tommy Dreamer ... Tommy Dreamer (uncredited)
Wayne Farris ... Honky Tonk Man (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dory Funk Jr. ... Himself (uncredited)
Tom Greene ... Himself (uncredited)
Bret Hart ... Himself (uncredited)
Brian Heffron ... Blue Meanie (uncredited)
Mike Hegstrand ... Road Warrior Hawk (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mark Henry ... Himself (uncredited)
Paul Heyman ... Himself (uncredited)
Devon Hughes ... (uncredited)
Brian James ... (uncredited)

Dwayne Johnson ... Himself - The Rock (uncredited)
Mike Jones ... Virgil (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tony Jones ... Himself (uncredited)
Joe Laurinaitis ... Road Warrior Animal (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jerry Lawler ... Himself (uncredited)

Paul Levesque ... Triple H (uncredited)
John Lister ... Himself - Fan (uncredited)
Mark LoMonaco ... Buh Buh Ray Dudley (uncredited)
Jerry Lynn ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert Maillet ... Kurrgan (uncredited)
Linda McMahon ... Herself (uncredited)
Shane McMahon ... Himself (uncredited)
Stephanie McMahon ... Herself (uncredited)
Debra McMichael ... Herself (uncredited)

Rena Mero ... Herself (uncredited)
Kurt Nielsen ... Himself (uncredited)
Gene Okerlund ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dustin Runnels ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Terri Runnels ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Vince Russo ... Himself (uncredited)
Michael Seitz ... Michael Hayes (uncredited)
Peter Senerchia ... Taz (uncredited)
Ken Shamrock ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
'Grizzly' Smith ... Himself (uncredited)
Al Snow ... 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 (archive footage) (uncredited)
P.J. Walker ... Himself (uncredited)
Sean Waltman ... Himself (uncredited)

Leon White ... Big Van Vader (archive footage) (uncredited)
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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)
Thomas Knickerbocker .... color timer (as Tom Knickerbocker)
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
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 (as Ira)
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 (as Luigi)
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 (as Lacy)
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 (as Olaf)
Rob Elowitch .... personal thanks
Lori Garfinkel .... personal thanks
Richard Garfinkel .... personal thanks (as Richard)
Todd Gordon .... personal thanks
Mondo Guerrero .... personal thanks
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
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)
Bruce Prichard .... personal thanks
Tom Prichard .... personal thanks
Scott Roebuck .... thanks: Kaleidoscope Films
Fumi Saito .... special thanks
Peter Senerchia .... personal thanks (as Taz)
Diane K. Shah .... personal thanks
Steve Shapiro .... personal thanks
Dean Silverstone .... personal thanks
Al Snow .... 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
P.J. Walker .... personal thanks (as Peter Palaco)
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:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
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:
Vince McMahon:Oh my, God! He's gonna, he's gonna, he's gonna puke! He's gonna puke! He's gonna puke! He's gonna puke!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in King of Carnage: Fatal Fourway (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Go Your Own WaySee more »

FAQ

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Hard-hitting documentary that has been overtaken by events - 79%, 13 February 2004
Author: Benjamin Cox from Hampshire, England

I had first seen this many years ago at the start of my interest in professional wrestling. Not that I'm a fan, you understand, but more a casual viewer. I don't wear the T-shirts, I don't follow faded stars as they wring the last bit of cash out from their stay in the spotlight and I don't believe for a minute that it is real. The competitors know who'll win, the complex moves and counters are rehearsed or discussed prior to the match and the story lines are as scripted as a Nativity play. People like Mick Foley (who appears in "Beyond The Mat") openly speak about the mechanics of "sports-entertainment" and the current trend of being honest with the fans (at least, within the WWE) could have been prompted by Barry Blaustein's warts-and-all documentary on a strange and often unfathomable industry.

Screenwriter Blaustein admits in the opening reel to being a closet wrestling fan (and no, that's not pile-driving your opponent in their bedroom) and this film documents his attempt at getting to know what sort of people put themselves deliberately into harm's way. Are they falling stars from another era like Terry Funk who are desperate to preserve some noble art, despite increasing physical fragility and age? Are they products of a disturbed upbringing like Jake "The Snake" Roberts, wrestling with inner demons as well as a 230lb amateur in front of small crowds? Or are they family men like Foley, who want the best for his wife and kids but don't mind how much grief they give them when they see him smashed in the head with a steel chair?

In truth, it's hard to say. None of the three featured wrestlers provide any answers and often provide uncomfortable viewing. Roberts, in particular, comes across as an disturbed individual, openly admitting drug addiction and a warped family life that the best soap operas could only dream of. At least you have sympathy for Funk and Foley, both of whom clearly love the business that they are in even if the toll on their own families is a little harsh. Travelling from city to city and performing many times a week damages more than just your body. It can alienate you from those you love until in the end, like Roberts, you can hardly identify with them at all. Even Foley, committed a family man as he is, was shocked to see his wife and kids' reaction to his losing title defence to the Rock (who now, of course, is a movie star of his own).

"Beyond The Mat" is essential viewing for anyone with a passing interest in professional wrestling. Though it doesn't answer the questions you may have, it certainly deserves a huge amount of credit for being able to cut through the smoke and mirrors and show the dark side of an industry illuminated with razzmatazz and pyrotechnics. It is still a shock to see the WWF (as it was known then) owner Vince McMahon chatting away honestly and openly in a normal voice, as opposed to his usual deep-and-low growl of his and even he now participates as a in-ring competitor. We're left to make the conclusions ourselves and the biggest problem with the film, besides the lack of an obvious climax, is the speed at which it becomes out of date. Time moves very quickly in the WWE and in the few short years since the release of "Beyond The Mat", the WWF has changed its name and image and rendered the film obsolete. Whether this is by design, only Vince knows but Blaustein has made a film that is an excellent documentary in its own right but one that will surely only appeal to wrestling fans.

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