Beyond the Mat

Directed by: Barry W. Blaustein

Produced by: Imagine Entertainment

Distributed by: Universal

Genre: documentary

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Review by hughjtoad Date seen: March 3, 2000
Viewing Location: San Jose, CA Grade: B+
Summary: pro wrestling documentary
We saw this at the San Jose Film Festival ( It's a documentary about pro wrestlers, from wannabes wrestling for $25 (or for free) at a gym in California to the best-paid, most famous wrestlers now, and the washed-up former greats. It does a good job of showing the toll wrestling takes on their bodies and minds. The number of different wrestlers the director talked to is very impressive. The key moment is near the end, when a wrestler realizes for the first time how upset his family gets when he's in the ring - you can see in his face the struggle between what he wants to do ("never see my kids like that again") and the powerful hold that wrestling has on him. Well worth seeing.  

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