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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.


Barry W. Blaustein


Barry W. Blaustein (narrative written by)
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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
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


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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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 »

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Did You Know?


Since the release of the film, the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) lost a lawsuit to the World Wildlife Fund and was forced to change their name from WWF to World Wrestling Entertainment. See more »


Paul Heyman: Tonight, we have a chance to say, 'Yeah, you're right. We're too extreme. We're too wild. We're too out of control. We're too full of our own shit.' Or we have a chance to say, 'Hey, fuck you, you're wrong! Fuck you, we're right!' Because you have all made it to the dance. 'Cause believe me, this is the dance!
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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 »


Referenced in King of Carnage: Fatal Fourway (2003) See more »


Ahmed Johnson
Composed & Produced by Jim Johnston
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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





Release Date:

17 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,532, 24 October 1999

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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