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Beyond the Mat (1999)

A heartfelt documentary focusing on the day-to-day lives of professional wrestlers, some on the rise, some on the wane, and others fighting for their lives.

Director:

Barry W. Blaustein

Writer:

Barry W. Blaustein (narrative written by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry W. Blaustein Barry W. Blaustein ... Self - Narrator
Vince McMahon ... Self
Jim Ross ... Self - Sr. VP of Talent
Jim Bell Jim Bell ... Self - Sr. VP of Merchandising
Darren Drozdov ... Self
Roland Alexander Roland Alexander ... Self
Tony Jones Tony Jones ... Self - XPW Wrestler
Michael Modest ... Self
Terry Funk ... Self
Mick Foley ... Self
Danny Zucker Danny Zucker ... Self - Childhood Friend
Dave Meltzer Dave Meltzer ... Self - Journalist
Jake Roberts ... Self
Ed Beckley Ed Beckley ... Self - Promoter
Chyna ... Self
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Storyline

This documentary focuses on the lives of professional wrestlers Terry Funk, Mick Foley (Mankind), Jake Roberts (Jake the Snake) and Darren Drozdov (Droz). As the film progresses, the story of their lives unfolds, as we also learn how the wrestling industry is not the plastic-weapons fake-slap sideshow that many have perceived it as. We are shown how moves, although not actually injuring anyone, are not fake, and extreme training is required to be able to perform the stunts without being harmed. We are also treated to interviews with the family of Mick Foley and what it is like for them to know their father literally puts his life on the line every week and how it feels to have other children call their father a "fake". Vince McMahon, owner of World Wrestling Entertainment, also makes a few appearances, responding to criticism on various wrestling situations, including, once again, his real athletes, very real organization being called fake by sources such as USA Today and various news... Written by JoJo Mac

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Taglines:

There's no script for what happens outside the ring. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and violent content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Since the initial release of the film, Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) were closed down and purchased by World Wrestling Entertainment. See more »

Quotes

[after a match]
Barry W. Blaustein: So where are you going next?
Jake Roberts: My daughter's. She's, uh, doing her master's in psychology. So she's a real freak.
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Crazy Credits

Closing dedication: This film is dedicated to my wife, Lorrie and our children, Kasey and Corey, who have stood by patiently with love and support as I blabbed about wrestling for the last five years. See more »

Alternate Versions

The DVD edition of Beyond the Mat has several minutes of deleted footage, plus audio commentaries by Mick Foley & Terry Funk See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Wrestler (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Lost Between Las Vegas & Mars
Written by Guy Thomas & Pascale Coulombe, Nicolas Maranda
Performed by COMA
Courtesy of Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Inc.
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awesome documentary showing the true nature of the wrestling game
8 March 2006 | by vocal_warchildSee all my reviews

man i loved this film, a real insight into what happens behind the scenes of the world famous wrestling franchise. well all my favourites were here but mostly of not mick foley, i love this guy and to see him in such a candid light was great, also jake the snake roberts, it was difficult to see what a bad state of affairs this once amazing personality has gotten himself into. but on the whole its just a very honest portrayal of what these guys have to go through day by day just to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads and those of their families. i also strongly suggest that anyone who likes this movie also read the two mick foley books and also try and find jerry the king lawlers nbook as well as they give a really deep insight into the world of sports entetrtainment. the only thing i didn't like about this film is that it didn't have any info or input by dusty rhodes who is by far my all time favourite wrestler, oh well they did a great job even without the American dream.


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Official Sites:

Lions Gate Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Mat: Unrated Director's Cut See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,532, 24 October 1999

Gross USA:

$2,053,648

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,053,648
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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