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The Jesse Ventura Story (1999)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 23 May 1999
Biography of ex-pro wrestler Jesse Ventura follows his life beginning as a youngster to election as the Governor of Minnesota in 1998.

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David Jackson (as David S. Jackson)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nils Allen Stewart ... Adult Jesse Ventura
Nancy Anne Sakovich Nancy Anne Sakovich ... Terry
Thomas Brandise Thomas Brandise ... Teen Jesse
Christopher Bondy Christopher Bondy ... George Janos
Nola Augustson ... Bernice Janos
Jef Mallory ... Teen Tyrell
Jonathan Potts ... Dean
Elias Zarou ... Chaney
Bobby Johnston Bobby Johnston ... Captain Nice
Dwight McFee ... Norm Coleman
David Huband ... Skip Humphrey
Phillip Jarrett ... Non Com
Michael Ruperco Michael Ruperco
Kevin Rushton ... Billy Graham
Tommy Dorrian Tommy Dorrian
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Biography of ex-pro wrestler Jesse Ventura follows his life beginning as a youngster to election as the Governor of Minnesota in 1998.

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Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

Unrated
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Trivia

This biopic about former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura premiered on the same night that another professional wrestler, Owen Hart, tragically passed away after falling from the rafters at a live pay per view event in Kansas City, MO. See more »

Goofs

Generally makes up several facts about Jesse's life and career in wrestling including fictionalizing wrestlers, events, people, and places. Almost nothing presented in the movie is true. See more »

Crazy Credits

The following text appears at the end of the movie just before the end credits: "Certain events in this drama based on fact are interpretive, certain characters are composite or have been fictionalized, and some names and locations have been changed". See more »

Connections

References Predator (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Preachin' The Blues
Written by Billy Sullivan, Jimmie Wood, JJ Holiday
Performed by The Imperial Crowns
Courtesy of Sullystone Music BMI, JJ Holiday Music BMI, Strictly Hits Music ASCAP
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Fictional Wrestling With Shadows Knock off
23 May 1999 | by ClamsSee all my reviews

You would think a guy who goes from flamboyant pro wrestler to Governor of Minnesota in twenty-two years would have an interesting enough life that they wouldn't have to turn it into a piece of fictional crap!

Here's the idea: Bret Hart gets screwed over by Vince McMahon and the WWF (albeit that was a work, too), they make a rather interesting documentary, Wrestling With Shadows, around it. That film gets great reviews, and Jesse Ventura gets elected Governor of Minnesota afterwards. Somebody at NBC must've seen that movie and, in typical Hollywood fashion, convinced whoever greenlighted this nonsense to combine the two, as no one would ever be interested in his *real* life (wink, wink).

I've been a wrestling fan since I was four (I'm eighteen now), and even though I booed him, I've never had anything but respect for Jesse Ventura, and he deserves better than this. He's not authorized this, and he's considering suing, and I don't blame him (the guy who plays him doesn't even sound like him!)

If you want a good wrestling film, watch Wrestling with Shadows, if you want to learn about Jesse's life, read his autobiography coming out. But by all means, stay away from this!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La historia de Jesse Ventura See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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