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Pulling John (2009)

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John Brzenk is troubled by when to call it quits; should he retire when he is on top or wait until someone takes his title. After twenty-five solid years of total world domination, John ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
John Brzenk John Brzenk ... Himself
Alexy Voevoda Alexy Voevoda ... Himself
Travis Bagent Travis Bagent ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marcio Barboza Marcio Barboza ... Himself
Ron Bath Ron Bath ... Himself
Christian Binnie Christian Binnie ... Himself
Kevin Bongard Kevin Bongard ... Himself
Cleve Dean Cleve Dean ... Himself
Mitso Endo Mitso Endo ... Himself - Japanese Armwrestling Association President
Leonard Harkless Leonard Harkless ... Himself
Taras Ivakin Taras Ivakin ... Himself
Yoshinobu Kanai Yoshinobu Kanai ... Himself - Japanese Heavy Weight Champion
R.J. Molinere R.J. Molinere ... Himself
David Randall David Randall ... Himself - AAA Super Heavy Weight National Champ
Michael Selearis Michael Selearis ... Himself


John Brzenk is troubled by when to call it quits; should he retire when he is on top or wait until someone takes his title. After twenty-five solid years of total world domination, John Brzenk, is aware that his dethroning may be near, he just doesn't know the cause. As the prodigal arm wrestler, Brzenk excelled in a way that seemed humanly impossible. Hungry for the best arm wrestling competition, Brzenk traveled the world beating every opponent. With a humble and understated character, his legend supercedes him in the hearts of arm wrestlers in over 120 countries. Among the super warriors of arm wrestling are 2 titans from opposite ends of the world, bonded by one defining goal, to beat John. Written by Anonymous

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John Brzenk is a new kind of super hero: a real one. His superhuman strength is arm wrestling. Having beat every competitor on the planet he now battles age as well as the two titans from opposite ends of world, pining to claim his throne.




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Борясь с Джоном See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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A Really Fascinating Sports Film
14 March 2009 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

This fascinating film had its World Premiere at SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. Most of the audience, myself included, probably had no idea that arm wrestling was even a professional sport when they walked in. And yet the film managed to charm the audience in the best tradition of documentaries about sports subcultures. I'd compare it with films like Pumping Iron, Word Wars, Murderball or King of Kong. The film focuses on 3 of the best international arm wrestlers - 1 Russian, 2 Americans - and reveals the complexities of their competitive sport. Their intelligence and commitment to excellence is revealed through interviews which break down many of the stereotypes associated with muscle sports. These guys are sophisticated and charming as well as strong.

The film also reveals the fascinating struggle of World Champion John Brzenk as he gets older and struggles with that question that all great athletes deal with: When do you reach your physical limits and decide that enough is enough and it is time to retire? We've seen this sort of question play out with the Brett Farves and Michael Jordans in more high profile sports, but this film allows us all to think about this same question much more thoughtfully.

The filming and storytelling is quite good and the drama and suspense of competition draws the audience in. The characters are complex and not simple athletic stereotypes. I hope more people get to see this entertaining sports documentary.

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