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GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling -- GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling chronicles the rise and fall of the first ever all-female wrestling show through the stories of those who lived it.


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  (in credits order)
Emily Dole ... Herself - Mt. Fiji
Dee Booher ... Herself - Matilda The Hun

Angelina Altishin ... Herself - Little Egypt

Jeanne Basone ... Herself - Hollywood
Dawn Rice ... Herself - Godiva
Lorilyn Palmer ... Herself - Ninotchka
Armando Guerrero ... Himself (as Mondo Guerrero)
Cheryl Rusa ... Herself - Lightning
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrea Baird ... Herself - Angel (as Andrea Micheil)
Steve Blance ... Himself
Lynn Braxton ... Herself - Big Bad Mama
Johnny Cafarella ... Himself
Trish Casella ... Herself - Jailbait
Matt Cimber ... Himself
Ray Combs ... Himself (archive footage)
Narice Crockett ... Justice (archive footage)
Nancy Daly ... Herself - Dementia

Phil Donahue ... Himself (archive footage)

Ric Drasin ... Himself - The Equalizer
Cindy Ferda ... Herself - Americana (as Cindy Maranne)
Jane Hamlin ... Herself - California Doll
Jody Haselbarth ... Herself - Tulsa
Ursula Hayden ... Herself - Babe the Farmer's Daughter
April Homm ... Herself - The Royal Hawaiian (as April Hom Enriquez)
Sharon Johnston ... Herself - Chainsaw
Nadine Kadmiri ... Herself - Ashley Cartier
Helena Le Count ... Herself - Daisy (as Helena Crabtree)
Ron Lupton ... Himself
David B. McLane ... Himself (archive footage)
Kayla Meltzer ... Herself
Tracy Meltzer ... Herself - Roxy Astor

Lisa Moretti ... Herself - Tina Ferrari

Eileen O'Hara ... Herself - MTV

Sally Jessy Raphael ... Herself (archive footage)
Alaska Renee ... daughter of Ursula Hayden

Joan Rivers ... Herself (archive footage)
Noelle Rose ... Herself - Major Tanya
Christy M. Smith ... Herself - Evangelina (as Christy Smith)

Jackie Stallone ... Herself (archive footage)
Laurie Thompson ... Herself - Susie Spirit (as Lauri Thompson)
Dee Walker ... Herself - Cheyenne Cher
Larry Whistler ... Himself - Larry Zbyszko
Donna Willinsky ... Herself - Spike
Sharon Willinsky ... Herself - Chainsaw
Lillian Wise ... Herself - Cpl.Kelly (as Lily Crabtree)

Directed by
Brett Whitcomb 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bradford Thomason 

Produced by
Michael Bello .... associate producer
Jason Connell .... executive producer
Jason Connell .... producer
Antony Hing .... associate producer
Brett Whitcomb .... producer
Original Music by
Dwayne Cathey 
Bradford Thomason 
Cinematography by
Brett Whitcomb 
Film Editing by
Alex Perrault 
Bradford Thomason 
Art Department
Nathan Heal .... graphics
Dimitri Simakis .... poster artist
Sound Department
Will Cone .... post production audio
Lawrence Everson .... additional re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Greg Emerson .... digital effects artist
Animation Department
Tripp Watt .... end title designer
Editorial Department
Alex Perrault .... story editor
Other crew
Angelina Altishin .... production coordinator
Joe Cinocca .... social media director
Derek Dennis Herbert .... production assistant
Andrew Langley .... digital encoding
Luke McKibben .... production assistant
April Mitchell .... transcriber
Tim Abad .... special thanks
Barry Aldridge .... special thanks
Mignon Ayala .... special thanks
Jeanne Basone .... special thanks
Matthew Blom .... special thanks
Laura Cain .... special thanks
Tony Ceccarelli .... special thanks
Leon Chambers .... special thanks
Joe Cinocca .... special thanks
Billy Corgan .... special thanks
Gilbert Dipiano .... special thanks
Aaron Fechter .... special thanks
Brian Fitzharris .... special thanks
Craig Foster .... special thanks
Jason Freehling .... special thanks
Brian Gaddis .... special thanks
Charles Gaskins .... special thanks
Stephen Goodman .... special thanks
Monte Howell .... special thanks
Bryan Jennings .... special thanks
Ari Johnson .... special thanks
David Kippen .... special thanks
Eben Kostbar .... special thanks
Lina Lee .... special thanks
Robert Manley .... special thanks
Michelle Mower .... special thanks
Christopher Novack .... special thanks
Eileen O'Hara .... special thanks
Dave Parker .... special thanks
Mike Puleo .... special thanks
Keith Reamer .... special thanks
Kristine Roper .... special thanks
Travis Schafer .... special thanks
Ken Sons .... special thanks
Adam Soper .... special thanks
Bryan Storkel .... special thanks
James Sullivan .... special thanks
Justine Welch .... special thanks
Jarrett Williams .... special thanks
Tatsuya Yamada .... special thanks

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United by difference, bound by lingerie, 21 April 2014
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

In 1986, the wrestling industry would be changed in ways it could never foresee by the creation and rise of the TV show GLOW. The show stood for "The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling" and bled eighties vibes, invoking elements of camp, colorful costumes, over-the-top, self-referential comedy sketches, and several beautiful women fighting for glory. 'Glory of what?,' you may ask. I don't know, but there was lingerie and skimpy outfits involved.

For six years, GLOW hosted over five-hundred matches, welcomed millions of viewers in addition to what seemed to be escalating viewership with each match, and was a breakthrough for women's wrestling. The taboos GLOW went on to break were unforeseeable, in a time when women's wrestling wasn't so much as controversial but simply inconceivable.

The female wrestlers themselves were taken not from wrestling tryouts but your average casting call referral from their agents. All the women involved were aspiring actresses who were informed of the role for a new TV show through their agents and got the part that way. The wrestlers were divided into two groups, the "good" girls and the "bad" girls, with the "good" girls being coached by Jackie Stallone, the mother of Sylvester Stallone of all people. The girls' main trainer was Mando Guerrero, an energetic and animated man who was able to put one of the girls in a headlock the first day and make her cry, shattering all preconceived notions that GLOW was a fake program.

The show was made possible thanks to funding and producing by Hollywood legend Matt Cimber and Riviera Hotel and Casino owner Meshulam Riklis, who allowed GLOW to be filmed in the hotel. Without the support and labor of Cimber and Riklis, GLOW would've likely never materialized and a pitch for the show/idea would've been laughed out of the boardroom. Director Brett Whitcomb is fortunate enough to get to speak with many of the wrestlers, many of whom have gone on to live successful lives in fields that aren't wrestling. Some are real estate agents, some are still actors, and those chosen to remain in wrestling have gone on to achieve commendable success. Many of the wrestlers, despite a laborious work ethic and unpredictable wrestling matches, still remained in shape and in good physical condition.

However, as can be inferred, some are still scarred from wrestling in some way. Consider "Mountain Fiji," one of the icons of the GLOW. "Fiji" was given her name because she was built like a mountain, with her feet almost never leaving the floor during a match and her incredible build working in her favor when faced against a puny blonde girl. Yet, "Fiji"'s build has done nothing but work against her in the future; she has almost lost the ability to walk and remains bedridden in a nursing home, most of the time.

Another wrestler with similar issues is "Matilda the Hun," again, another wrestler known for her hefty build and incredible strength. "Matilda" hasn't found herself in as bad shape as "Fiji," but she still struggles with the ability to adequately walk. When she began performing in GLOW, she was already thirty-five, which is when she should be contemplating retirement. She continued to wrestler for another fifteen years after. Here she is in her fifties, with subpar knees and the help of a wheelchair. Yet, she still reminds us that just because she's in a wheelchair doesn't mean she's weak.

Despite incorruptible memories (the taboos the show broke, wrestler "Susie Spirit"'s arm breaking during a match, which spawns grotesque reactions), GLOW was abruptly cancelled in 1992. In 1990, Riklis had withdrew his support and ceased allowing the girls and trainers access to the Riveria Hotel and production was moved to a lesser warehouse nearby the hotel. Still, it seemed at the height of its popularity, GLOW was canned and the wrestlers were left without closure - no reunion, no farewell, no phone call, nothing.

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, even in a brief seventy-three minutes, nicely articulates what the organization was about, why it was unique, and goes the extra mile to humanize its wrestling subjects. Whitcomb has a nice, subtle way of shattering your judgments upon entering the film, completely making you forgo your thoughts on female wrestling and just having you see the subjects, the matches, and the characters behind the costumes in order to emerge a more knowledgeable person on the subject. In essence, that's what documentaries are supposed to do, and by definition, this one succeeds.

Directed by: Brett Whitcomb.

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