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The Sheik (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 26 April 2014 (Canada)
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The Sheik is a pop culture documentary that chronicles Khosrow Vaziri's electrifying career. From his upbringing in Iran, to his journey in America, to his unprecedented experiences as America's most hated villain.

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Igal Hecht

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Jian Magen (story), Jake Neiman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Jack Black ... Himself
Jim Duggan ... Himself
Mick Foley ... Himself
Todd W. Fulkerson Todd W. Fulkerson ... Himself
David Golshan ... Himself
Seth Green ... Himself
Keith Elliot Greenberg Keith Elliot Greenberg ... Himself
Bret Hart ... Himself
Jimmy Hart Jimmy Hart ... Himself
Hulk Hogan ... Himself
Dwayne Johnson ... Himself
Jian Magen ... Himself
Page Magen Page Magen ... Himself
Greg Oliver Greg Oliver ... Himself
Bob Orton Sr. Bob Orton Sr. ... Himself
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Filmed extensively between 2006 and 2014, this is a touching story about the unlikely revival of a former wrestling superstar. At age 72, the Sheik has embraced an unlikely new career as an outlandish social media sensation; known for hilarious outbursts and massively popular antics. Watch as we recount the Sheik's one-of-a-kind life journey. The film explores the Sheik's personal relationships with those closest to him, and those who know him best: his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his contemporaries and colleagues. Interviews were conducted with the Sheik's family, Wrestling and Iranian historians, friends and over 25 wrestling superstars. Written by Jake Neiman

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The real. The legend. See more »


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Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2014 (Canada) See more »

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Dolby Digital (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

The Iron Sheik's WWF Championship reign lasted for 28 days. He defeated Bob Backlund on December 26, 1983 to win the title and lost it to Hulk Hogan on January 23, 1984. See more »

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References WrestleMania (1985) See more »

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One Example of Wrestling Gone Bad
21 April 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

"The Sheik" is a pop culture documentary that chronicles Khosrow Vaziri's electrifying career. From his upbringing in Iran, to his journey in America, to his unprecedented experiences as America's most hated villain.

While you could make a story about any wrestler of the 1970s and 1980s, including those mentioned in this film (like Hacksaw Jim Duggan and Jake the Snake Roberts), the Iron Sheik makes for a good story because then you can bring in foreign relations. He was Iranian, spent his early years there, and later came to America and helped train the Olympic team. How odd it must be to play "the Iron Sheik", a villain, when you are proud of your Iranian roots and your American status.

Through his story, we see the rise of WWF to a form of legitimacy, and what could be called the "mistake" of Hulkamania... or was it not a mistake? Indeed, through Hulk Hogan, wrestling achieved a level of pop culture influence that it never saw again.


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