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Is it still cheating if everyone's doing it? See more »
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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  (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
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 A. Watkins .... sound designer: Danetracks (as Bryan O. Watkins)
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)
Matteo Saradini .... thanks
Rhys Thomas .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Bigger Stronger Faster*: *The Side Effects of Being American" - USA (long title)
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Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving drugs, language, some sexual content and violent images
105 min
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Well Made, Honest Look at Steroids, 16 July 2011
Author: bdgill12 from United States

Like many men his age, growing up Chris Bell idolized the muscle stars of the 80s like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Hulk Hogan. He dreamed of becoming a professional bodybuilder and working out at Gold's Gym with his heroes. He was devastated, therefore, when he realized these men were juiced up and that their message was fraudulent. Chris reluctantly accepted that to truly compete in the sport he loved he would have to turn to steroids and ultimately rejected the drugs. His brothers, Mike and Mark, couldn't make the same choice. "Bigger, Stronger, Faster" explores the controversy that is the steroid industry and the American obsession with being just what the film's title describes.

"BSF" is what you would call a balanced documentary, or to purists, a "true" documentary. Chris explores both sides of the argument over steroids and does his best to leave the final decision of whether or not steroids have been overly vilified up to the audience. There is a certain amount of reluctance to the narrative that Chris provides and you can sense the conflict within himself as he takes us through this journey. On the one hand, he believes the drugs to be morally wrong. On the other, he knows he can't compete without them and proponents of steroids (featured prominently throughout "BSF") make a compelling case for their usage. Chris is a human face for the battle against steroids, a sympathetic figure who really sums up the issues that so many athletes face these days.

Unlike some of the reviews I've read, "BSF" is NOT a pro-steroid documentary. Those who would push for the legalization of the juice are given an opportunity to express their beliefs and discuss the scientific tests that would support their assertions. But I found this to be more in the interest of the aforementioned balance rather than portions of a propaganda piece for 'roids. The classic side effects of steroids (acne, uncontrollable anger, loss of fertility, etc.) are not only discussed but clearly displayed by the drug's defenders even as they argue against these afflictions. When Chris quietly challenges some of the assertions of anti-steroid campaigners, notably Congressman Henry Waxman, it is done with respect and genuine interest in the factual basis for some of the widely-held beliefs about steroids. Through these questions, Chris shows that the issue of just how destructive these drugs are is not as clear-cut as we tend to think. Whether right or wrong, you can find studies that will support your claims either way.

Chris brings the point home, however, when he turns the camera on his own family as he peers into the lives of his brothers, both of who use steroids regularly and both of whom have been negatively impacted by their habits. It is a truly compelling moment when Chris' dad tells him point-blank that he expects Mike to turn up dead sooner rather than later. It's even more hard-hitting when you know that just a few months after the filming of "Bigger, Stronger, Faster", Mike did die at the age of 37. A longtime steroid user who would have done anything to break into the world of big time wrestling, Mike's early demise serves as this documentary's lasting impact and perhaps the final point to swing the balance of the film's debate.

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