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Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

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An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream.


Chris Bell


Chris Bell (as Christopher Bell), Alexander Buono | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Chris Bell Chris Bell ... Self - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hank Aaron ... Self (archive footage)
Lyle Alzado ... Self (archive footage)
Joshua Amsden Joshua Amsden ... Self
Ben Aukes Ben Aukes ... Self
Kelly Beecher Kelly Beecher ... Self
Mark Bell Mark Bell ... Self
Mike Bell ... Self
Rosemary Bell Rosemary Bell ... Self
Sheldon Bell Sheldon Bell ... Self
Joe Biden ... Self (archive footage) (as Sen. Joseph Biden)
Mike Blanton Mike Blanton ... Self
Christian Boeving ... Self
Barry Bonds ... Self (archive footage)
Jim Bunning ... Self (archive footage)


In America, we define ourselves in the superlative: we are the biggest, strongest, fastest country in the world. Is it any wonder that so many of our heroes are on performance enhancing drugs? Director Christopher Bell explores America's win-at-all-cost culture by examining how his two brothers became members of the steroid-subculture in an effort to realize their American dream. Written by BSF Film

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Is it still cheating if everyone's doing it? See more »


Documentary | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving drugs, language, some sexual content and violent images | See all certifications »

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Steroids & The Making Of The All-American, Million-Dollar Hero
3 April 2015 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

If nothing else, this documentary (that took a very level-headed approach to weighing the pros & cons of steroid use amongst athletes/bodybuilders) was certainly well-worth a view just to get an eye-popping look at Greg Valentino's ridiculously over-developed biceps, as well as seeing a heavily muscled Belgian Blue bull (sans steroids) up close.

But besides these 2 very freakish curiosities, this fairly satisfied viewer was also very pleasantly surprised by how well-researched and competently presented Bigger Stronger Faster* was. I certainly wasn't expecting to be this impressed with this documentary.

Very professionally directed by Chris Bell (whose 2 older brothers were both avid steroid users), I found this entertaining documentary to be quite fair-minded about its research regarding the positive benefits of taking steroids as opposed to their negative side-effects, which showed clear links to cancer, heart attacks and erratic behaviour (roid rage).

Through interviews with medical experts, sports figures, etc., etc., Chris Bell's documentary repeatedly brought into question the use of steroids amongst high-profile athletes. And, as a result of this, brought some of America's biggest heroes in the arena of sports (who are praised to the heavens) down a few significant notches from their lofty positions on their pedestals.

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Release Date:

19 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bigger Stronger Faster*: *The Side Effects of Being American See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbus, Ohio, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,576, 1 June 2008

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BSF Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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