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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 16 people found the following review useful.
A facinating look into the life of a gladiator...., 12 January 2003
Author: John Ingle (nukuchan@bellsouth.net) from Asheville NC



As a big fan of Pro Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts and No holds Barred fighting I must say that out of all of the truly great behind the scenes documentaries this may very well be the single most well paced and perfectly executed one of them all. Centering around the road to the Pride fighting championship tournament in 2000 it leaves few stones unturned in its portrayal and career demise of a very promising fighter in Mark Kerr. The soft spoken and polite Kerr was quite a magnificent grappler in his day, but once the reality set in that as an amateur he would make little money to sustain his life he turned to MMA after his good friend Mark Coleman (who is also prominently featured in the film, though to a lesser extent) recommended it. The Trials and tribulations he endured that led to him ultimately quitting MMA is well documented, drawing you into a world of addiction, withdrawal and diluted desire. Its sad to see what Kerr gave up for his future wife, but perhaps it was never meant to be as his heart never truly seemed to be into it anyway. Along the way you meet several different MMA stars he would share his fame with, such as his trainer the damn near unstoppable MMA LEGEND Bas Rutten. On the flip side you see the redemption of Mark "the Hammer" Coleman as he fights to rebound from the humiliating UFC loss to Maurice Smith he endured 2 years earlier. Seeing these men in such a different light is a sparkling reminder of just how human they really are (such as Coleman obvious love for his children), and subsequently how prone to human error they are as well. Watching Kerr hit rock bottom due to his Pain Killer addiction is a sad sight, but after all the pro wrestling and combat sports health issues and deaths it has to be seen. Perhaps someone will finally wake up and clean up an industry that has long needed cleaning... perhaps not. No harm in hoping though. In closing I have to say this film is must see viewing for MMA/Wrestling fans and a perfect example of how to document an individual without compromising their dignity. Highly recommended.

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