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GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 March 2013 (Canada)
GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling chronicles the rise and fall of the first ever all-female wrestling show through the stories of those who lived it.



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Credited cast:
... Herself - Mt. Fiji
Dee Booher ... Herself - Matilda The Hun
... Herself - Little Egypt
... Herself - Hollywood
Dawn Rice ... Herself - Godiva
Lorilyn Palmer ... Herself - Ninotchka
Armando Guerrero ... Himself (as Mondo Guerrero)
Cheryl Rusa ... Herself - Lightning
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrea Baird ... Herself - Angel (as Andrea Micheil)
Steve Blance ... Himself
Lynn Braxton ... Herself - Big Bad Mama
Johnny Cafarella ... Himself
Trish Casella ... Herself - Jailbait
... Himself
Ray Combs ... Himself (archive footage)


GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling chronicles the rise and fall of the first ever all-female wrestling show through the stories of those who lived it. Written by Bradford Thomason

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Untitled Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling Project  »

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The organization GLOW - The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling is owned by Ursula Hayden who portrayed Babe, the Farmers Daughter on the original GLOW television series. See more »


Referenced in GLOW: Slouch. Submit. (2017) See more »


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Not bad, but incomplete
15 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

Like many, I watched this documentary on Netflix after I saw the Netflix drama series with Alison Brie about GLOW. I was in my mid-20s when GLOW was on TV in the mid-80's, so I knew something about it. So I was a bit disappointed in this documentary. It was really hard to get a sense of what the series was like during that time. The documentary focused on a few of the wrestlers (such as Mountain Fiji and Matilda the Hun), but I remember a few other notable wrestlers in that series (including the no-longer-politically correct heel from the Middle East called Palestina), and they weren't talked about at all.

The problem with this movie is that without David McLane (the creator of GLOW) or Matt Cimber (the director of most GLOW episodes) participating in this documentary (they both apparently refused when asked to participate) there's just a lot that isn't there. It kind of reminded me of the documentary "Disgraced" about the murder of a Baylor college basketball player by one of his teammates, when they got refusals to participate from Baylor University, most of the teammates, and most of the attorneys who worked the case. That left much missing from the film, as is the case here.

I understand that you work with what you can work with, but there is always the risk that the result is not as good as it could have been. And that is what the case is here.

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