Beyond the Mat Image

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 6 Ratings

Summary: 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, once again, his real athletes very real orginization being called fake by sources such as USA Today and various news programs.
Runtime: 102 min
Rating: Rated R for language and violent content.
Production: Lions Gate Films
Genres: Biography, Sport, Documentary
Country: USA
Language: English
Home Release Date: Aug 22, 2000
Director Credit
Barry W. Blaustein Director
Writer Credit
Barry W. Blaustein Narrative Written By
Principal Cast Credit
Jake Roberts Himself
Mick Foley Himself
Terry Funk Himself
Cast Credit
Barry W. Blaustein Himself - Narrator
Chyna Herself
Danny Zucker Himself - Childhood Friend
Darren Drozdov Himself
Dave Meltzer Himself - Journalist
Ed Beckley Himself - Promoter
Jim Bell Himself - Sr. VP Of Merchandising
Jim Ross Himself - Sr. VP Of Talent
Michael Modest Himself
Roland Alexander Himself
Tony Jones Himself - XPW Wrestler
Vince McMahon Himself
Producer Credit
Barry Bloom Producer
Barry W. Blaustein Producer
Brian Grazer Producer
Debra Marie Simon Co-Producer
Michael Rosenberg Producer
Ron Howard Producer Movie title data, credits, and poster art provided by: