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Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (1998)

Documentary focusing on the career of pro wrestler Bret Hart & his controversial exit from the WWF.

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Paul Jay

Writer:

Paul Jay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bret Hart ... Himself
Owen Hart ... Himself
Brian Pillman ... Himself
Blade Hart Blade Hart ... Himself (Bret's Son)
Julie Hart Julie Hart ... Herself
Stu Hart Stu Hart ... Himself
Helen Hart Helen Hart ... Herself
Diana Hart ... Herself
Keith Hart Keith Hart ... Himself
Tammy Sytch ... Sunny
Jim Neidhart ... Himself
Georgia Hart Georgia Hart ... Herself
Mark Calaway ... The Undertaker
Curt Hennig ... Curt Hennig (archive footage)
Vince McMahon ... Himself
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Storyline

The life and career of Bret Hart is recounted from his youth, through the start of his career, his years in the WWF, up to the present day. Bret discusses the high and lows of his career and shows the world of professional wrestling from a wrestler's point of view. Written by A. Stooge

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The story of a man who believes in heroes, in a world where the anti-hero is king. See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

When Bret Hart went to meet with Vince McMahon for their private conversation prior to the Montreal Screwjob, Paul Jay wanted it to be secretly recorded, to validate later on if McMahon were to lie to him, but Hart and Jay were worried the secret recording would be illegal. Hart's lawyer, who was present, told Jay that, according to Canadian law, a secret recording of a conversation can be legally done, as long as one of the parties who was part of the conversation was aware of the recording being made, which Hart was. As a result, a microphone was hidden on Hart, and the private conversation with McMahon was recorded for the film. See more »


Soundtracks

Pacing The Cage
Performed by Colin Cripps with special guest vocalist Tara MacLean
Words and Music by Bruce Cockburn
©1997 Golden Mountain Music Corp. (SOCAN)
Used by permission
Tara MacLean appears courtesy of Nettwerk Productions/Capitol Records
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Fascinating look at the Hart of pro-wrestling!
31 August 1999 | by andy-227See all my reviews

How far are you willing to go? How deep can you go into the world of pro-wrestling, and the life of pro-wrestler Bret "The Hitman" Hart? This is it! This film will take on a journey closer to the life of Bret Hart, and closer to the life of a pro-wrestler. Wrestling is fake, yes. But what's it like behind the stage, where the stories are created, and the matches are planned? And what transpired during the time in which Vince McMahon planned his betrayal of Bret Hart? You won't see anything quite like this for a long time! "Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows" documents Bret's life from his childhood to his relationship with his father, his family, and his relationship with Vince McMahon and the World Wrestling Federation. It's never boring, and me, being a former pro-wrestling fan, I came to appreciate what tasks the wrestlers had to undertake. I also strongly agree with a lot of what Bret says in the film, that pro-wrestling has become bloodier, raunchier, and more inappropriate for children than anything, simply for the sake of ratings. You come to feel sympathy for Bret, knowing the hardships a pro-wrestling really does have to deal with. It's also tragic to know that soon after this film was made, his brother Owen Hart was killed in a stunt at the WWF. Vince McMahon has indeed, gone too far for the sake of beating Ted Turner's WCW ratings. I highly recommend this film for someone who likes pro-wrestling and wrestler Bret Hart. If you don't like wrestling, this film will make you come to feel respect for the man, and the people involved in the wrestling business


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