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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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Mildly interesting.
30 March 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

How exciting can you make a documentary about world-class arm wrestling?! So, although I am not giving this a huge score, for what it is, it's pretty good--but I just can't see its topic interesting the average viewer. I only watched it because I am weird--the word of guy who would watch practically any documentary! The film follows three arm wrestlers--one a Ukranian who lives in Russia and two Americans. One of the Americans, John Brzenk, is sort of like an arm wrestling god--as he's been a world champion in one weight class or another something like 25 years--even beating guys who are much, much larger! He is the man everyone aspires to beat and now two heavyweights (Alexy Voevoda and Travis Bagent--the Ukranian and the cocky upstart American) hope to finally be the guys to stop Brzenk.

There really isn't much more to the film than this--lots of footage of arm wrestling and lots of interviews with the camera. Both Brzenk and Voevoda seem pretty likable whereas Bagent is cocky--but it sure works for him! You do find yourself being pulled into the matches (which surprised me) and it was about as interesting as you could make this odd topic.

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