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Cast

  (in credits order)

Mark Kerr ... Himself
Mark Coleman ... Himself
Dawn Staples ... Herself

Bas Rutten ... Himself
Eddie Goldman ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Royce Gracie ... Himself
Ken Shamrock ... Himself
Igor Vovchanchyn ... Himself

Directed by
John Hyams 
 
Produced by
Josh Fagin .... associate producer
Neil Fazzari .... co-producer
Kevin Goodman .... executive producer
Jon Greenhalgh .... producer
John Hyams .... co-producer
Frederico Lapenda .... associate producer
Mike Masone .... associate producer
Jerry McFadden .... executive producer (as Gerald McFadden)
Gavin O'Connor .... executive producer
Greg O'Connor .... executive producer (as Gregory O'Connor)
Michael A. Robinson .... executive producer (as Michael Robinson)
Stephen Schlueter .... co-producer (as Steve Schlueter)
 
Original Music by
Boxhead Ensemble 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen Schlueter 
 
Film Editing by
John Hyams 
Jordan Mokriski 
 
Sound Department
Leslie Bloom .... foley artist
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Neil Fazzari .... sound recordist
Nicholas Montgomery .... sound designer
John Moros .... assistant sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Magnuson .... camera operator
 
Thanks
Steven Bochco .... special thanks
Peter Hyams .... special thanks
John Sloss .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Extreme Fighter Mark Kerr" - USA (DVD box title)
"The Smashing Machine: The Life and Times of Mark Kerr" - USA (cable TV title)
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Rated R for violence, some language and drug content
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Australia:93 min
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The original title of this movie was "The Specimen". That was Mark Kerr's original nickname and it was the title with which the movie was presented at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival. It was change to "The Smashing Machine" once it was picked-up by HBO.See more »

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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Quite possibly the best MMA documentary ever made., 12 January 2003
Author: Kevin Marshall from Troy, NY

"The Smashing Machine", which follows mixed martial arts competitor Mark Kerr's career from late '99 until the Pride Grand Prix 2000 tournament in Japan, is a stunning and provocative look at a man whose fights with his own personal demons rival those he encounters in the ring (or in the octagon). Also featured in the documentary is Mark Coleman, who at the time was coming off a two-year slump in the sport.

I think what struck me the most was the dramatic aspect of it. Kerr, for one, surprised me with his willingness to bare his soul before the camera. The movie goes a long way to dispell many stereotypes that many people have of shootfighters, as both Kerr and Coleman come across as genuinely good people (and in Coleman's case a devout husband and father). John Hyams provides the audience with an extremely candid look at the life of Kerr, who deals with a drug abuse problem and a potentially dysfunctional relationship. For those who aren't fans of MMA, the access Kerr grants to Hyams will shock and move you. For those who are fans, the bouts that are shown (through clips) become even more pivotal and dramatic.

For fans of Mixed Martial Arts the documentary will forever change the way you'll look at Kerr and Coleman, while also adding an added dimension to the drama that occurs within the ring (or octagon). "The Smashing Machine" provides a moving glimpse into the lives of people whose weaknesses make them more identifiable to the audience than any other documentary subject or film character, despite their profession and physiques.

Highly recommended for fans and non-fans alike,, and especially for those who view MMA as barbaric and its fighters as testosterone-driven madmen.

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