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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 »
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Cast

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

The side effects of being American. 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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Official Sites:

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$307,811, 17 August 2008
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Company Credits

Production Co:

BSF Film See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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

Fighter Pilot: In sports you should play fair. In war, you shouldn't play fair at all.
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Features Saturday Night Live (1975) See more »

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Shining example of a great doc film
30 May 2008 | by hufhartedSee all my reviews

This documentary contains all the needed ingredients for an awesome film: great subject, honest and objective, entertaining, great interviews. Being a big documentary fan, I am usually very critical of the films I see. For this one though, I can't think of a negative thing to say. It takes a sensitive, covered up issue and reveals all the dirty details with brutal honesty. No one seems to be holding back in this one. You will also find yourself understanding these people and although not agreeing with drug use, seeing them not as "users" or "addicts" but real people who have made some different choices in their lives. All in all this was one of the best docs I have seen to date.


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