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Bigger Stronger Faster* -- This is the theatrical trailer for Bigger, Stronger, Faster*, directed by Chris Bell.

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Writers (WGA):
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Tagline:
Is it still cheating if everyone's doing it? See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Unconventional, controversial take on steroid use See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Chris Bell ... Himself - Host (also archive footage)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hank Aaron ... Himself (archive footage)
Lyle Alzado ... Himself (archive footage)
Joshua Amsden ... Himself
Ben Aukes ... Himself
Kelly Beecher ... Himself
Mark Bell ... Himself (also archive footage)
Mike Bell ... Himself (also archive footage)
Rosemary Bell ... Herself (also archive footage)
Sheldon Bell ... Himself (also archive footage)

Joe Biden ... Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Joseph Biden)
Mike Blanton ... Himself

Christian Boeving ... Himself

Barry Bonds ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Bunning ... Himself (archive footage)

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage)

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)

Jose Canseco ... Himself (archive footage)
Jeff Carwile ... Himself
Carlon Colker ... Himself (as Dr. Carlon Colker)

Rick Collins ... Himself
Meave Cox ... Herself
Jay Cutler ... Himself
Eric Dodson ... Himself (as Dr. Eric Dodson)
Jason Ellis ... Himself
Wade Exum ... Himself (as Dr. Wade Exum)
Norm Fost ... Himself (as Dr. Norm Fost)
Mark Gordon ... Himself (as Dr. Mark Gordon)
Gene Haislip ... Himself
Orrin G. Hatch ... Himself (archive footage)

Hulk Hogan ... Himself (archive footage)
Donald Hooton ... Himself
Rehan Jalali ... Himself
Mike Jas ... Himself
Ben Johnson ... Himself (also archive footage)

Marion Jones ... Herself (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Knox ... Himself
Floyd Landis ... Himself (also archive footage)

Stan Lee ... Himself

Carl Lewis ... Himself (also archive footage)
Willie Litvack ... Himself
Timea Majorova ... Herself
Mickey Mantle ... Himself (archive footage)
Roger Maris ... Himself (archive footage)
Mark McGwire ... Himself (archive footage)

Marilyn Monroe ... Herself (archive footage)
Tony Mulhare ... Himself
Rhyanedd Murray ... Herself
Mike Nelson ... Himself (as Major Mike Nelson)
Joe Niekro ... Himself (archive footage)
Jackie Ochoa ... Himself
Jack Owoc ... Himself
Rafael Palmeiro ... Himself (archive footage)
Joel Paredes ... Himself
Stephen Paulson ... Himself
Craig Phillips ... Himself
Harrison Pope ... Himself (as Dr. Harrison Pope)
Lauren Powers ... Herself

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)
Scott Reid ... Himself
John Romano ... Himself

Giovanni Roselli ... Romeo Roselli (archive footage)
Rosie Ruiz ... Herself (archive footage)

Babe Ruth ... Himself (archive footage)
Rick Schaff ... Himself

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Himself (also archive footage)

Maria Shriver ... Herself (archive footage)
Louis Simmons ... Himself
Aubrey Smith ... Herself
Bee Smith ... Herself
Dick 'Smitty' Smith ... Himself
Sammy Sosa ... Himself (archive footage)

Sylvester Stallone ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Sullivan ... Himself
Major Travis Swan ... Himself
John Sweeney ... Himself (as Rep. John Sweeney)
Lee Sweeney ... Himself (as Dr. Lee Sweeney)
Jeff Taylor ... Himself

Josh Robert Thompson ... Arnold Schwarzenegger (voice)
Tim Urban ... Himself
Gregg Valentino ... Himself
Chuck Vogelpohl ... Himself
Gary Wadler ... Himself (as Dr. Gary Wadler)
Diane Watson ... Herself (as Rep. Diane Watson)
Henry Waxman ... Himself (also archive footage) (as Rep. Henry Waxman)

Tiger Woods ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Yesalis ... Himself (as Dr. Charles Yesalis)

Andre Agassi ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Atlas ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Chris Benoit ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Laura Bush ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Al Gore ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Tom Harkin ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dennis Hastert ... Himself - State of the Union Speech (archive footage) (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself - HUAC Hearing (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bud Selig ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Chris Bell 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Chris Bell (written by) (as Christopher Bell) &
Alexander Buono (written by) &
Tamsin Rawady (written by)

Produced by
Terrance J. Aarnio .... executive producer
Pamela Aguilar .... archive producer (as Pamela A. Aguilar)
Alexander Buono .... producer
Jim Czarnecki .... producer
Andy Dellenbach .... executive producer: Mind Over Eye
Kurt Engfehr .... co-producer
Gail Paget-Wilkes .... associate producer: Mind Over Eye
Tamsin Rawady .... line producer
Tamsin Rawady .... producer
Richard S. Schiffrin .... executive producer
Dave Wein .... producer: post-production, Mind Over Eye
Robert Weiser .... executive producer
Andy Zare .... archive producer
 
Original Music by
Dave Porter 
 
Cinematography by
Alexander Buono (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Brian Singbiel 
 
Makeup Department
Hope Zarro .... hair stylist (segment "The Juice Ad")
Hope Zarro .... makeup artist (segment "The Juice Ad")
 
Sound Department
Christopher Alba .... sound effects editor: Danetracks
Zack Allen .... sound recordist
Mark Arees .... location sound recordist
Michael Bellacicco .... location sound recordist
Stephanie Brown .... supervising sound editor: Danetracks
Larry Clifton .... location sound recordist
Todd Dayton .... location sound recordist
Tim Dutton .... location sound recordist (as Timothy Dutton)
Steve Epstein .... location sound recordist
Lee Frank .... location sound recordist
Robert George .... location sound recordist
Aleksandr Gruzdev .... sound re-recording mixer
Alder Hampel .... sound effects editor: Danetracks
Matt Hedges .... sound editorial coordinator: Danetracks
Patrick Holloway .... location sound recordist
Marianna LaFollette .... location sound recordist
Dave Losko .... location sound recordist
Del R. Martin .... mix stage engineer: Danetracks
David McRell .... chief sound engineer: Danetracks
Eric M. Moorman .... location sound recordist
Tom Ozanich .... sound re-recording mixer: Danetracks
Anthony Rosa .... sound effects editor: Danetracks
Steve Smith .... location sound recordist
Gary Tole .... location sound recordist
Bryan O. Watkins .... sound designer: Danetracks
Dale Whitman .... location sound recordist
Joshua Wilkinson .... location sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Derek Drouin .... additional graphics designer
Mat Fuller .... graphic artist: main titles, Mind Over Eye
Ben Hurand .... graphic artist: main titles, Mind Over Eye
Matt Madison-Clark .... photo retoucher (segment "The Juice Ad")
Iain Marcks .... digital imaging technician: iO FILM (as Iain Stasukevich)
Bill Wadsworth .... graphic artist: main titles, Mind Over Eye
Nathan Adams .... post coordinator (uncredited)
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO FILM (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Armando Bareño II .... additional camera operator (as Armando Bareno)
Chris Bell .... additional camera operator (as Christopher Bell)
John Bourbonais .... additional camera operator (as John Bourbanaise)
Christopher Klonecke .... additional camera operator
Jim McDonald .... additional camera operator
Tamsin Rawady .... additional camera operator
Rick Schaff .... photographer (segment: The Juice Ad")
Bret Sigler .... additional camera operator
Norm Silverman .... additional camera operator
 
Animation Department
Christopher Klonecke .... animator (segment Steroids 101)
 
Editorial Department
Andrew Andersen .... format conversion: Mind Over Eye
Aaron Cullen .... technical support
Derek Drouin .... additional editor
Joe Faissal .... colorist
Elisabeth Gillott .... apprentice editor
Zachary Haydon .... apprentice editor
Dylan Highsmith .... editorial intern
Julie Janata .... additional editor
Al Kamalizad .... editorial intern
Michael John Koetter .... software engineer
Kenny Madrid .... editorial intern
Shannon Leigh Olds .... additional editor
Darrin Roberts .... additional editor
Eric O. Schusterman .... assistant editor
Dorothy Street .... editorial intern
Bill Wadsworth .... on-line editor: Mind Over Eye
Dave Wein .... on-line editor: Mind Over Eye
 
Music Department
Christine Bergren .... music legal and clearance
Shannon Erbe .... music editor
Julianne Jordan .... music supervisor
Jen Pray .... music legal and clearance
Andrew Richards .... music coordinator
John Rodd .... additional score mixer
John Rodd .... additional score recordist
 
Other crew
Pamela Aguilar .... researcher (as Pamela A. Aguilar)
Prudence Arndt .... archive researcher
Ginger Brown .... intern
Lisa Callif .... clearance counsel
Raymond Chong .... intern
Rick Collins .... consultant
Peter D. Coogan .... archive researcher (as Peter Coogan)
Ashley Coyle .... intern (as Ashley Cole)
David M. Crabtree .... intern
Nyssa Dickman-Frank .... intern
Michael Donaldson .... clearance counsel (as Michael C. Donaldson)
Winston Emano .... publicist: David Magdael & Associates
Vinson Ferrer .... production assistant
Ruth Fertig .... transcriber: Writers' Resource
Glenn Gimutao .... intern
Matt Golad .... intern
Milica Jellicic .... production assistant
Brandon Krajewski .... production assistant
Nonny de la Peña .... researcher
Aaron Lebovic .... intern
Ryan Loughlin .... intern
David Magdael .... publicist: David Magdael & Associates
David Markman .... legal counsel
Eve Marson .... research coordinator
Emily Melhorn .... archive clearance assistant
Jennifer Ellen Mohr .... office coordinator
Nikolas Namikas .... intern
Lynne Osborne .... legal counsel
Jessica Pinney .... production assistant
Paul Porter .... intern
Aneetha Rajan .... researcher
Susan Ricketts .... archive clearances
John Romano .... consultant
Anthony Rosas .... production assistant
Matteo Saradini .... intern
Hashem Selph .... production assistant
P.J. Smith .... production assistant (as PJ Smith)
Joanne Tai .... intern
Brooks Teevan .... intern
Bill Wadsworth .... head of creative services: M ind Over Eye
Ben Walton .... production assistant
Jack Wignot .... president: Mind Over Eye
Winnie Wong .... insurance: errors & omissions, DeWitt Stern Group
Andy Zare .... production coordinator
Anne Stulz .... publicist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Matteo Saradini .... thanks
Rhys Thomas .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bigger Stronger Faster*: *The Side Effects of Being American" - USA (long title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving drugs, language, some sexual content and violent images
Runtime:
105 min
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Quotes:
Himself - Host:Was there any sort of moral bridge to cross when you did this?
Porn Star:Well, we're in the porn business. There's not a whole lot of morals to begin with.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Unconventional, controversial take on steroid use, 17 August 2011
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

The documentary "Bigger, Stronger, Faster" provides a decidedly unconventional - indeed, controversial - take on the use of anabolic steroids. Rather than pointing out the dangers of such use, the film seems to be making the opposite case: that steroids are really no more problematic than myriad other performance-enhancement substances and techniques used by athletes to better their game. And, if anything, it is the American obsession with being the biggest, the strongest and the fastest that may be the real culprit in the first place.

Christopher Bell, who directs, narrates and appears prominently in the film, was a short, fat kid when he and his two brothers, Mark and Mike, the latter of whom died not long after the release of the movie, became obsessed with achieving fame and fortune through bodybuilding, power-lifting and professional wrestling. With media-savvy role models such as Hulk Hogan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone serving as their inspiration, the boys eventually turned to steroid use to improve their chances of achieving their goal. But Chris always felt bad for trying steroids, mainly because the media and the people around him kept telling him that it was both dangerous and immoral to do so. So he quit. Now, through his film, Chris has decided to find an answer to his question of whether steroids really are such a bad thing - in terms of their effect on both the body and competitive fairness - or whether their negative reputation is largely a product of media hype.

He spends a good amount of his time in the film seeking out professional athletes, coaches, and "experts" in the field, only to find that the "experts" – whether in the medical field or the halls of Congress – don't really have the facts to buttress their case, and that most of the athletes he talks to flat-out admit to using steroids themselves.

Chris really aims his opprobrium at the modern American obsession with achieving fame, fortune and physical perfection at any and all costs – a group in which he includes himself and his brothers. There's a particularly pointed and witty moment as a psychologist he's interviewing points to the slow but noticeable evolution of the GI Joe action figure over the decades, from a fairly trim average guy in the '50s to a muscle-bound, six-packed, super-hunk today. Chris calls out the media for its complicity in this obsession with the models that are used in advertising and the actors who have achieved superstar status on screen.

Chris's main thesis is that steroid users are being unfairly singled out, while people in other areas of life - like college students and musicians who take performance-enhancing drugs - are not similarly accused of cheating. It's the hypocrisy that seems to bother Chris the most. He points out that the same Congress that brought baseball players in to testify about doping in that field also managed to deregulate a supplement industry that finds ways to rip off consumers with the promise of physical perfection. He likewise attacks the pharmaceutical industry that continually feeds America's obsession with consuming drugs as a means of achieving health and happiness. He also points out just how easy it is to procure access to all kinds of drugs – both legal and illegal – if the determination is there and the price right.

By focusing so heavily on his own family, Chris really personalizes the issue for the audience and prevents the movie from becoming just another finger-wagging, cautionary-tale polemic. This also brings us the film's most poignant moments as he and his brothers engage in moments of fruitful soul-searching and their parents reveal how they feel about the issue.

"Bigger, Stronger, Faster" is likely to upset some in the audience who feel it's taking a somewhat cavalier approach to what is generally considered to be nothing short of a scourge plaguing our nation. But Chris seems to be making some good points, even if he isn't coming right out and endorsing the use of anabolic steroids. He seems more concerned with exactly WHY we are so obsessed with being the biggest, strongest and fastest. And that deeper dimension is what winds up giving his film the competitive edge it needs to win.

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