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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 »
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3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Superb documentary 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
James Ware ... Himself (as Coco B. Ware)

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

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 (archive footage) (uncredited)
Wayne Farris ... Honky Tonk Man (archive footage) (uncredited)
Noelle Foley ... Herself (uncredited)
Jim Fullington ... The Sandman (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dory Funk Jr. ... Himself (uncredited)
Tom Greene ... Himself (uncredited)
Bret Hart ... Bret 'The Hitman' Hart (archive footage) (uncredited)
Brian Heffron ... Blue Meanie (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mike Hegstrand ... Road Warrior Hawk (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mark Henry ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Paul Heyman ... Himself (uncredited)
Devon Hughes ... D-Von Dudley (archive footage) (uncredited)
Brian James ... Road Dogg (archive footage) (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 (archive footage) (uncredited)

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

Robert Maillet ... Kurrgan (archive footage) (uncredited)
Michael Manna ... Stevie Richards (archive footage) (uncredited)
Linda McMahon ... Herself (uncredited)
Shane McMahon ... Himself (uncredited)
Stephanie McMahon ... Stephanie McMahon (archive footage) (uncredited)
Debra McMichael ... Debra McMichaels (archive footage) (uncredited)

Rena Mero ... Sable (archive footage) (uncredited)
William Moody ... Paul Bearer (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gene Okerlund ... 'Mean' Gene Okerlund (archive footage) (uncredited)
Robert Remus ... Sgt. Slaughter (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dustin Runnels ... Goldust (archive footage) (uncredited)
Terri Runnels ... Marlena (archive footage) (uncredited)
Vince Russo ... Himself (uncredited)
Michael Seitz ... Michael Hayes (uncredited)
Peter Senerchia ... Taz (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ken Shamrock ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Mathew Shoemaker ... Big Red (archive footage) (uncredited)
'Grizzly' Smith ... Himself (uncredited)
Al Snow ... Al Snow (archive footage) (uncredited)
Monty Sopp ... Billy Gunn (archive footage) (uncredited)

Donna Spangler ... Principal (uncredited)
Terry Taylor ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Tenta ... Himself (uncredited)
Trudy Vachon ... Luna Vachon (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rob Van Dam ... Himself (uncredited)
P.J. Walker ... Justin Credible (archive footage) (uncredited)
Sean Waltman ... X-Pac (archive footage) (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)
 
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
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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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)

Did You Know?

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:
Mick Foley:[after viewing the footage of his children during his "I Quit" match with The Rock] I felt very guilty all of a sudden. Like... really like, uh, you know, my priorities were out of order. I can't... I feel like a bad dad, and I've never felt like that ever before. Right then I just felt like... like... like I was a bad person. And I don't... I don't ever want to see my children like that again.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Wrestler (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
Stand By MeSee more »

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25 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Superb documentary, 23 October 2005
Author: Ricky Roma (thepestilence001@yahoo.co.uk) from http://rioranchofilmreviews.blogspot.com/

You've got to wonder about wrestlers. They're always on the road, they're always carrying knocks and injuries, they don't get paid much (except the few at the absolute top), they get no respect from the public at large, they don't actually compete in the legitimate sense of the word and the vast majority of them are quickly forgotten. Yet nearly all of the wrestlers in Beyond the Mat continue to seek the spotlight. Why? I guess Terry Funk sums it up best: "It's fun."

However, it's a strange type of fun. After all, I'm not sure that most people would class being hit over the head with steel chairs as 'fun'. Nor would most people relish the thought of being thrown off a steel cage. But as the film points out, wrestlers are hardly normal. At the same time, though, they're still people. They have the same problems as all of us. It's just that they earn their living by running around in spandex and by beating the crap out of one another.

Of all the different strands in Beyond the Mat, I like the Terry Funk section the most. It just shows how bizarre wrestling is. Here you have a man in his fifties who has degenerative arthritis and who wakes up in the morning, like many old men, in his y-fronts. Yet in the ring he's a bloodthirsty maniac. But at the same time he's a loving father who cries at his daughter's wedding and he has an excellent rapport with the man who he has his most brutal matches with. As dim-witted as wrestling is, nothing out of the ring is simple.

And the Funk section illustrates the problem that most wrestler face: they can't give up the spotlight. I mean, just take one of Funk's friends, Dennis Stamp. He hasn't wrestled in years but he still trains (by jumping up and down on a trampoline in his underwear) in the vain hope of getting another match. And when he's finally made the referee in Funk's 'retirement' match, he's beside himself with excitement at the prospect of being part of the main event. It seems like when you don't get paid much, when you're forced to do lousy jobs and when no one really knows who you are, the only compensation for such a depressing existence is a few cheers.

But although the film touches upon the dark side of wrestling, it's quite touching seeing Funk trying to persuade his friend Stamp to be part of his match. The man may be vicious in the ring, but outside it he's warm-hearted. And I like the way that when he persuades his friend to be part of his match, and when he walks away, he nearly trips over. Despite everything, he's just a lovable old guy. However, I also like the scene because Stamp is such a fool. He's so desperate to be someone and so desperate to be recognised, that he cuts a promo when he's explaining why he can't make the event ("I'm not booked!). It's as if reality and wrestling are blurred. He can't tell them apart.

Another wrestler who's been messed up by the business is Jake Roberts. He doesn't get on with his daughter and he's forced to pay for his drug habit by wrestling in fourth-rate events in backwater towns. He's even filmed urinating into a bucket and then falling asleep backstage. It really does give a depressing picture of what it is to be a professional wrestler – your existence revolves around the road, run down hotels and small towns. No wonder so many of them are screwed up. But Roberts has even more reason to be screwed up than most. He's the product of a rape and his sister was kidnapped and murdered. And he has a terrible relationship with his father. They can barely look at one another. There's no connection there at all. And it's quite shocking hearing Roberts describe how he gave up his dreams just to shove wrestling down his father's throat (his dad was a wrestler and Robert's resolved to be better than him). Suddenly you can see why Robert's created such a compelling character. He was just drawing on his own life. Again reality and wrestling is blurred.

Perhaps the only one in the film that has a decent handle on things is Mick Foley. He has a clear plan (he wants to retire by the age of 35) and he has a solid family to support him. Somehow you know that he's going to be fine. Not that there aren't a few bumps on the way. In one scene he's forced to watch footage of his wife and kids screaming when he's repeatedly hit over the head with a steel chair. It's a real wake-up call. I mean, as entertaining as it is for sadistic bastards like myself, you just can't make you family endure that time after time. But it's his family that will keep Foley on the straight and narrow. However, for the other wrestlers who don't have stable personal lives, they'll have to seek love in cheers and applause. It seems like wrestling is a drug that most wrestlers can't crack.

Not that a few don't try. There's an amusing scene when a wrestler called New Jack, who has four justifiable homicides, auditions for a Hollywood casting agent. The people there are slimy beyond belief. They make the carnies in wrestling look honest in comparison.

But why the film succeeds so emphatically is because everything is just presented as it is. No judgements are made and nobody is looked down upon. Yeah, wrestling may be something on the fringes of society, but the film shows that as weird as it is, the people aren't really that weird after all. They're just people with the same problems we all have.

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