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  (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
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 ... Honky Tonk Man (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ed Ferrara ... Himself (uncredited)
Howard Finkel ... Himself (uncredited)
Collette Foley ... Herself (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 ... Himself (uncredited)
Brian Heffron ... Blue Meanie (uncredited)
Mike Hegstrand ... Road Warrior Hawk (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mark Henry ... Himself (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 ... Herself (uncredited)

Rena Mero ... Sable (uncredited)
William Moody ... Paul Bearer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gene Okerlund ... 'Mean' Gene Okerlund (archive footage) (uncredited)
Pat Patterson ... Himself (uncredited)
Bruce Prichard ... Himself (uncredited)
Robert Remus ... Sgt. Slaughter (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dustin Runnels ... Goldust (uncredited)
Terri Runnels ... Marlena (uncredited)
Vince Russo ... Himself (uncredited)
Michael Seitz ... Michael Hayes (uncredited)
Peter Senerchia ... Taz (uncredited)
Ken Shamrock ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mathew Shoemaker ... Big Red (archive footage) (uncredited)
'Grizzly' Smith ... Himself (uncredited)
Al Snow ... Al Snow (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)
P.J. Walker ... Justin Credible (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)
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)
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
Patricia Levesque .... personal thanks
Paul Levesque .... personal thanks (as Triple H)
Paul Levesque .... personal thanks
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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Rated R for language and violent content
102 min | USA:108 min (director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)

Did You Know?

Former WWF mid card wrestler Koko B. Ware is briefly featured in the movie. In his scene he speaks about letting his trademark mascot, a bird named Franke "Fly Away". Sadly, three years after the completion of this film, Frankie the bird perished when the apartment building Koko was living in burnt to the ground.See more »
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:
Referenced in Enter the Sandman (2006)See more »
Go Your Own WaySee more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Normal but different, 28 March 2000
Author: lou-50 from Houston, Texas

Love them or leave them - misfit politicians, wayward spouses, and yes, professional wrestlers. Perhaps no other spectacle involves personalities as much as professional wrestling and Barry Blaustein's insightful "Beyond the Mat' explores those who thrill us with their lust for mayhem. Men and women with self destructive appetites are drawn into this entertainment venue - those who make a profit like the billionaire promoter Vince McMahon are called smart and shrewd, those who are swallowed up by their maladaptive behavior like the pathetic Jake'the Snake' Roberts are simply called mad. "Beyond the Mat" doesn't uncover anything we don't already know - the loud-mouth, hyped interviews, the staged choreography of flying bodies and colliding men against steel, and the spurting blood sacrificed in the name of violence. What we do see are the showmen who strut their stuff inside the ring, more dedicated to their brotherhood and craft than you can imagine. The battle wearied Terry Funk is a throwback to the self-managed, up-close-and-personal hero that Blaustein and a good number of his generation grew up with. The much younger Mick 'Mankind' Foley is a creation of the media driven World Wrestling Federation, a syndication leap years away from the Amarillo, Texas of Terry Funk. The deeply hurting Jake the Snake has fought so many battles in his long and troubled life that his only solace is crack cocaine and fighting in the ring. But the blood that Funk and Mick and Jake spill is the same blood of wanton brutality. It is the spectacle of harm and harming others. And yet in a cruel and twisted way, "Beyond the Mat" reminds us that wrestlers are as normal as anyone, just different. 'Mankind' and 'The Rock' can talk pleasantries before a match, before each tries to pulverize the other in front of their stunned wives and children. Terry Funk, as a gesture of forgiveness, repeatedly begs an old nemesis to referee his supposedly final match - a match in which he knows he will lose and will get brains bashed in. "Beyond the Mat' is a well made chronicle of wrestlers who care less if they win or lose (the promoters see to that) but more on how they play the game.

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