Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, Sport  |  19 January 2008 (USA)
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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.



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Rosemary Bell ...
Sheldon Bell ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Joseph Biden)
Mike Blanton ...
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Jim Bunning ...
Himself (archive footage)


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

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

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19 January 2008 (USA)  »

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

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$31,576 (USA) (30 May 2008)


$307,811 (USA) (15 August 2008)

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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.

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