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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.

Director:

Chris Bell

Writers:

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

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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)
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Storyline

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

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

Genres:

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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Trivia

Following his comments on steroids in the film, fitness model Christian Boeving was fired by his sponsor, MuscleTech, a sports nutrition supplements brand. See more »

Quotes

Chris Bell - Host: Was there any sort of moral bridge to cross when you did this?
Porn Star: Well, we're in the porn business. There's not a whole lot of morals to begin with.
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A nice surprise.
12 January 2011 | by bodegamediaSee all my reviews

This doc outlines the current situation regarding the use of steroids as performance enhancers, bodybuilding drugs and in conventional medicine. The film does a pretty good job of outlining the facts and the pseudo-science behind some claims as well as letting us hear peoples views on steroids, where they are actually being used and to what effect.

Where this film becomes unique and interesting is in the story of our narrator and filmmaker Mike Bell. Mike is one of 3 brothers who all grew up watching pro wrestling and 80's action movies. Into their teens they became football players, then wrestlers and eventually competitive power lifters. Today, his 2 brothers use steroids to enhance their performance whereas Mike is totally anti steroids.

The agenda of the film is clearly setup as a predictable anti steroids expo but as the debate opens up the film progresses into something different and much more interesting. At times evidence is in defence of steroids and though I wouldn't go as far as to say it is a pro steroids film, it's certainly open-ended. The film itself is presented and produced really quite well. We even touch on some wider issues of genetic modification in livestock, which somehow comes out in defence of steroids as they are quite simply not to blame for these monstrous beef hulks.

Without conclusion, the film gives us a well-rounded outline of the debate as well as introducing us to some tragic and not so tragic characters along the way.

This film succeeds in entertaining and provoking debate and is really well paced. The mix of factual investigation and personal stories and interviews strikes a balance rare in documentary and quite satisfying to watch. Worth a look.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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 »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,576, 1 June 2008

Gross USA:

$308,575

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$308,575
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BSF Film See more »
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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