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Beyond the Mat

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Original title
Beyond the Mat
Year
Running time
102 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Barry W. Blaustein
Music
Nathan Barr
Cinematography
Michael Grady
Cast
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Producer
Universal Family and Home Entertainment / Imagine Entertainment / Lionsgate
Genre
Documentary | Wrestling. Sport Documentaries
Official Site
http://www.beyondthemat.net/
Synopsis / Plot
This documentry focuses on the lives of professional wrestlers Terry Funk, Mick Foley (Mankind), Jake Roberts (Jake the Snake), and Darren Drozdov (Droz). As the film progresses the story of their lives unfolds, as well as we learn how the wrestling industry is not the plastic-weapons fake-slap sideshow that many have perceived it as. We are shown how moves, although not actually injuring anyone, are not fake, and extreme training is required to be able to perform the stunts without being harmed. We are also treated to interviews with the family of Mick Foley and what it is like for them to know their father literally puts his life on the line every week and how it feels to have other children call their father a "fake". Vince McMahon, owner of World Wrestling Federation Entertainment, also makes a few appearances, responding to criticism on various wrestling situations, including...
Awards
1999: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director / Documentary
1999: SXSW Film Festival: Audience Award
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