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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:

The movie Vince McMahon does not want you to see! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

According to Barry Blaustein, after the presentation screening for Vince and Linda McMahon, Vince didn't have any problem with the film. It was Linda who remarked the tone of movie felt too negative of the pro wrestling industry as a whole and could have shown more positive aspects but was not phased by it overall. Once the movie got picked up for a limited theatrical release and the distributor brought add space on the USA network to air during Monday Night Raw, Vince felt the (then) WWF was being cheated because they received no compensation for their cooperation and the movie stood to potentially make big revenue. He demanded USA pull all scheduled adds and that USA not air any at anytime. Perhaps out of retaliation the distributors then created the tag line "The movie Vince McMahon does not want you to see!" See more »

Quotes

Jake Roberts: Put me on the card. Let me bring some asses to the seats. Pay me. I don't care if I'm the champ. I don't care if I'm the water boy. Just let me be part of the show, and I'll do my share.
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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

Go Your Own Way
Written and Performed by Phil Rosenthal
Courtesy of Cherry Lane Music Publishing, Inc.
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User Reviews

 
Foley is Good and the real world is faker than wrestling
20 March 2004 | by changingshadesSee all my reviews

Yes, that's the title to the second Mick Foley book, but it also does a good job of summarizing this wonderful documentary. This movie shows wrestling for the dangerous and addictive sport it is and that people seem to forget because the endings are predetermined. If you can watch the scenes where Foley is repeatedly hit in the head in front of his wife with a chair and then try and talk about how fake the sport is. Look at the life of Jake Roberts and say that there isn't something inherently messed up. Though it depicts horrible acts of violence and drug use, but this movie is more shocking in the damage people in this sport do to themselves in pursuit of this "fake" sport with so little respect for themselves. A chilling and wonderful documentary.


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Details

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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