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Promoting the world of professional wrestling at the expense of the plot itself, Frank Bass (Ed Asner) takes a stand and defends what he thinks is right. Gamblers, mobsters, unscrupulous... See more »

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Frank Bass
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Debbie
Verne Gagne ...
Mike Bullard
Billy Robinson ...
Billy Taylor
Jerry Wade ...
Himself
Don Muraco ...
Himself (as Don Moraco)
Lord James Blears ...
Himself
Danny Hodge ...
Himself (as Dan Hodge)
Joe Scarpello ...
Himself
Dick Afflis ...
Himself (as The Bruiser)
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Himself
Vincent McMahon ...
Himself
Reginald Lisowski ...
The Crusher (as The Crusher)
Dusty Rhodes ...
Himself
Ed McDaniel ...
Himself (as Wahoo McDaniels)
Mel Jass ...
Himself
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Himself (as Bill Crouch)
Marty O'Neil ...
Himself
Joe Dusek ...
Himself
Nick Bockwinkel ...
Himself
Billy Graham ...
Himself (as Superstar Billy Graham)
Jay Hyon ...
Himself
Sarah Miller ...
Betty Bullard
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Bartender (as H.B. Hagarty)
Ray Stevens ...
Himself
Lawrence Batson ...
Himself
Sammy Menacker ...
The Mobster (as Sam Menacher)
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Himself (as Rick Flair)
Dick Murdoch ...
Himself
Greg Gagne ...
Himself
Eddie Graham ...
Himself
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Odd Job
Larry Hennig ...
Himself
Wilbur Snyder ...
Himself
Rodger Kent ...
Himself
Bobby Cox ...
Himself
Ken Patera ...
Himself
James Klobuchar ...
Himself
Wally Karbo ...
Himself
Rod Trongard ...
Himself
Dennis Hilgart ...
Himself
Jim Brunzell ...
Himself (as James Brunzell)
Horst Hoffman ...
Himself
Fred Marxen ...
Himself
Dave Goldson ...
Himself
Jack Cornall ...
Himself
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Jack 'Wildman' Armstrong ...
Himself
Dory Funk Jr. ...
Himself
Pedro Morales ...
Himself

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James A. Westman ... (as Jim Westman)

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Eugene Gump ... ()

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W.R. Frank ... producer
Verne Gagne ... executive producer

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William Allen Castleman ... (as Wm. A. Castleman)
William Loose

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Gil Hubbs

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Neal Chastain ... supervising editor

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Jerry Cash ... makeup artist

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Art Levinson ... assistant director

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Pat Sullivan ... mixer

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Bill Heideman ... key grip
Melton Maxwell ... gaffer (as Mel Maxwell)
Peter Smokler ... assistant camera

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Donald MacDonald ... wardrobe (as Don MacDonald)

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Marti Litis ... production assistant
Margaret Tary ... script supervisor
Joel Thingvall ... intern

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Plot Summary

Promoting the world of professional wrestling at the expense of the plot itself, Frank Bass (Ed Asner) takes a stand and defends what he thinks is right. Gamblers, mobsters, unscrupulous wrestlers, money-grubbing promoters, and fixers conspire to corrupt the industry, but Frank tries to make the game as honest and fair as it is his idealized vision. Frank's efforts climax as he promotes an over-the-hill champion in the final matches of his career. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As
  • The Wrestler: The Main Event (United States)
  • Bestione superstar (Italy)
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  • 95 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The bulk of the cast is made up of wrestlers from the Minneapolis-based American Wrestling Association, which was owned by the film's producer, Verne Gagne. See more »
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Crazy Credits Professional wrestling legend Ric Flair is listed in the credits as "Rick Flair." This was made during the beginning years of Flair's career and he was trained by executive producer/star Verne Gagne. See more »

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