7.6/10
12,379
60 user 79 critic

Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

Trailer
2:26 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $4.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream.

Director:

Writers:

(as Christopher Bell), | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In this follow-up to his film BIGGER FASTER STRONGER, director Chris Bell turns his camera on the abuse of prescription drugs and, ultimately, himself. As Bell learns more about Big Pharma,... See full summary »

Directors: Chris Bell, Josh Alexander, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jeff Hatch, Chris Leben, Matthew Wiese
Documentary | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A documentary that follows top bodybuilders as they train to compete in the Mr. Olympia competition.

Director: Vlad Yudin
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Kai Greene
Trophy Kids (2013)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

From the director of Bigger Stronger Faster comes an intense look at overbearing parents in sports. The film asks the question "Do we want what's best for our children? Or do we just want ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Bell
Stars: Amari Avery
Pumping Iron (1977)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this ... See full summary »

Directors: George Butler, Robert Fiore
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Matty Ferrigno
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Hear it staight from the Legends themselves about their stories of success and heartbreak. EVOLUTION OF BODYBUILDING offers a close look at what it takes to compete in the "Mr. Olympia" and... See full summary »

Director: Patrick Rivera
Stars: Lou Ferrigno, Lee Haney, Frank Zane
Documentary | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

C.T. Fletcher shows you his story, and what he's all about.

Director: Vlad Yudin
Stars: C.T. Fletcher, Stephen Adele, Steve Austin
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A documentary on the making of "Pumping Iron" to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Aired on Cinemax.

Directors: Dave McVeigh, Scott McVeigh
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mike Katz, Lou Ferrigno
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Truck mechanic, husband and father of two, Eddie Hall wants to be the World's Strongest Man. This feature documentary vividly illustrates the sacrifices that this extremely driven man must ... See full summary »

Director: Matt Bell
Stars: Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Colin Bryce, Geoff Capes
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Filmmaker Vlad Yudin follows several body builders as they struggle to find success in a competitive industry.

Director: Vlad Yudin
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kai Greene, Martyn Ford
Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Stars: James Coleman, Greg Page, Kirsten Pederson
Documentary

Stronger follows the top strongmen athletes through the blood, sweat, and tears, in their pursuit to be named the World's Strongest Man.

Director: Chris Bell
Stars: Brian Shaw
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
Joshua Amsden ...
Himself
Ben Aukes ...
Himself
Kelly Beecher ...
Himself
Mark Bell ...
Himself
Mike Bell ...
Himself
Rosemary Bell ...
Herself
Sheldon Bell ...
Himself
...
Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Joseph Biden)
Mike Blanton ...
Himself
...
Himself
...
Himself (archive footage)
...
Himself (archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

In America, we define ourselves in the superlative: we are the biggest, strongest, fastest country in the world. Is it any wonder that so many of our heroes are on performance enhancing drugs? Director Christopher Bell explores America's win-at-all-cost culture by examining how his two brothers became members of the steroid-subculture in an effort to realize their American dream. Written by BSF Film

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The side effects of being American. See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving drugs, language, some sexual content and violent images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 January 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bigger Stronger Faster*: *The Side Effects of Being American  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,576, 1 June 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$307,811, 17 August 2008
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Months after the film was released, Chris Bell s older brother, Mike Bell ("Mad Dog") died at a rehabilitation facility at age 37. According to the Wrestler Observer Newsletter, his death was the result of an inhalation-induced heart attack which was, "brought on by an accidental inhalation of difluoroethane, a chemical used in Dust-Off, a household maintenance product." See more »

Quotes

Fighter Pilot: In sports you should play fair. In war, you shouldn't play fair at all.
See more »

Connections

Features NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (1970) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Best Show on the Subject
15 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

I took 15 different anabolic steroids, oral and injectable, the original human growth hormone, and HCG during my four years of anabolic use in the early 80s as a competitive powerlifter, bodybuilder, and college baseball and hockey player...but now I'm a school teacher with a master's in math, so I'm not a total blockhead. I learned about 'roids from the best (Dr. James Wright, who did steroid research for the US Army), was involved in the drug trade with the best (England's Tony Fitton), and have been the subject of numerous studies, print stories, books, and shows (Time, Harvard University, Boston Museum of Science, Nightline to name a very few). That being noted, this was easily the most honest, straightforward and truthful program I've ever witnessed about anabolics - and that includes all the stuff I've been involved in. Those who don't agree simply don't have the experience to realize that, so it's not really their fault, they are just consumed with personal opinion and bias based on little to no first-hand knowledge and the misdirected media. Throw everything else in the trash, this show is the best.


26 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 60 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Paul Scheer on Why There Are No Bad Movies

Paul Scheer discusses The Disaster Artist and his love of awesomely bad movies. Plus, we dive into the origins of midnight movies and explore how The Room became a cult classic.

Watch now