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Bigger Stronger Faster* -- In the hopes of exploring American culture's increased obsession with winning, documentary filmmaker Christopher Bell examines the anabolic steroid use of his two brothers.
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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Release Date:
13 June 2008 (USA) See more »
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 »
2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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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 O. 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
Alexandra Geregova .... intern
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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Additional Details

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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In a 2015 interview on the Steve Austin Podcast with brother Mark Bell, director Chris Bell admitted that after completing the film, he did casually use steroids to improve his power lifting performance. He claimed he knew after filming that they would not kill him, so the risk was low. However, he stressed that it was in moderation, and clarified that he told people to reconsider using them "all the time."See more »
Barry Bonds:We just need to go out there and do our jobs, just as you professionals do your jobs. No... All you guys lied. All of y'all. In a story or whatever, have lied. Should you have asterisks behind your name? All of you have lied! All of you have said something wrong, all of you have dirt. All of you. When your closet's clean, then come clean somebody else's. But clean yours first.See more »
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64 out of 91 people found the following review useful.
Proud Cheaters, 21 June 2008
Author: imxo

The post by reviewer "Melkmail" that this movie is "a pro steroid message disguised as an unbiased expose" is quite interesting, and I would agree with him that this film is not the masterpiece of objectivity which some people claim it to be. What I would say is that you will hear some pro-steroid views expressed which might not agree with what you are normally used to hearing about those chemicals. Among other things, Chris Bell has drawn a comparison between the over-the-top anti-marijuana ads of yesteryear (e.g. "Reefer Madness") and the anti-steroid views of the present day. I certainly doubt that those two campaigns are comparable. Similarly, the film points out that steroids have achieved wonderful results in treating illness and injury, as if that in the slightest way mitigates the alleged damage caused by steroid abuse. I don't know about you, but I would hardly be encouraged to take steroids just because someone told me that my testicles would return to normal size after I stopped using steroids.

What is also very interesting about "Bigger, Stronger, Faster" is that the persons interviewed on both sides of the steroid question are not exactly portrayed as "normal." In the interview with Congressman Henry Waxman is edited to depict him as a bit of a flake who does not have a grasp of details or facts. Likewise, those segments in which anti-steroid physician Dr. Gary Wadler is interviewed make him look a bit of a charlatan. Those two men were shown in the worst possible light, and I believe that documentary maker Chris Bell did this deliberately. So much for objectivity.

However, the body-builders, athletes, and coaches who openly advocate steroid use come off no better. It may not have been Bell's intention, but almost all of those pro-steroid folks strike one as a bit abnormal, and a couple of them even appear to be in need of serious psychological help. Is that what long-time steroid use does to a person? There are women who look and talk like men, and men who are almost as wide as they are tall.

Even knowing that those physical results have been achieved with the aid of anabolic steroids it's obvious that all those people have still put in tremendous amounts of hard work to be able to achieve the physical appearance and strength that they have; but the end result for many of them is an freakish appearance that might be more expected from one of Dr. Mengele's monstrous experiments.

The most sensible person in the whole film is Chris Bell's father Sheldon who has seen the effect of steroids use in his own family. He and his wife Rosemary both deserve a lot of credit for permitting themselves to be interviewed in the film.

What is especially shocking about the film, though, is not steroid use, per se. Rather, it is the openly expressed view among steroid advocates that because "everyone does it" they are going to do it, too. The do-gooders in this film may be depicted in a deliberately poor light, but the steroid advocates come across as having absolutely no moral compass. They openly and proudly advocate cheating in sport because their competitors cheat. So, this is what sport has become in America and around the world - a competition among cheaters. Kind of makes you wonder how these people can look at their wide, bloated faces in the mirror each morning.

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