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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 ... Himself - Narrator
Vince McMahon ... Himself
Jim Ross ... Himself - Sr. VP of Talent
Jim Bell Jim Bell ... Himself - Sr. VP of Merchandising
Darren Drozdov Darren Drozdov ... Himself
Roland Alexander Roland Alexander ... Himself
Tony Jones Tony Jones ... Himself - XPW Wrestler
Michael Modest Michael Modest ... Himself
Terry Funk ... Himself
Mick Foley ... Himself
Danny Zucker Danny Zucker ... Himself - Childhood Friend
Dave Meltzer Dave Meltzer ... Himself - Journalist
Jake Roberts ... Himself
Ed Beckley Ed Beckley ... Himself - Promoter
Chyna ... Herself
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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,047,570, 14 May 2000
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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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Trivia

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 »

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

Followed by The Resurrection of Jake the Snake (2015) 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

 
A true masterpiece of documentary filmmaking
30 May 2001 | by sick_boy420xxxSee all my reviews

As a wrestling fan, when I saw this movie in the video store, I had to get it. Thinking I'd be seeing nothing more than an overview of pro wrestling, I was pleasantly surprised to see this documentary by filmmaker Blaustein that incorporates all the major wrestling organizations in the U.S. and also some of the greatest wrestlers ever to step in the ring...including a few personal favorites like Mick Foley and Terry Funk. In showing these wrestlers as humans, Blaustein has created a view of wrestling unique in a world of trickery and promotional stunts. This is one helluva documentary going behind the scenes of all the wrestling promotions, showing the real people involved, and in the end shows the viewer that, indeed, in wrestling nothing as it seems. A few of the highlights include a touching, and tragic, portrayal of mat legend Jake "The Snake" Roberts, behind the scenes of a WWF pay-per-view, and the story of hardcore legend Mick Foley. I would highly recommend this to anyone...it is an entertaining and revealing film that I think even non-wrestling fans would enjoy.


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