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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)



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1.78 : 1
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Narrow and Thin; Surely There's More to See Than This
23 January 2013 | by drqshadow-reviewsSee all my reviews

A mostly superficial glance at the world of professional arm wrestling, framed around the late-career biography of John Brzenk, the sport's resident living legend. With twenty-five years of domination (and a role in Sly Stallone's infamous action bomb Over the Top) under his belt, Brzenk knows his days are numbered, and Pulling John introduces his two most likely usurpers: the quiet, contemplative Russian Vassiliki Khonsari and his bombastic American counterpart, Travis Bagent. The trouble is, since each man has dedicated so much of their lives to the sport, there really isn't enough engaging material behind any of them to support closer scrutiny. We see them work out, watch them prepare for a match, meet their family... and always reach an uncomfortable lull in the conversation when it becomes clear that's all there is to see. The matches are a real spectacle, incredibly tense and exciting, even though most are over within moments. That's more a compliment to the drama of the sport itself, though, and not the work of the filmmakers. The backstage stuff isn't especially interesting, except perhaps to especially hardcore arm wrestling enthusiasts, and the electricity of the events would be just as effective on an ESPN2 broadcast.

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