Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows

Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows

                                Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows
| 1 h 33 min

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In this feature-length documentary, director Paul Jay was given unprecedented access to the world of Bret Hart and pro wrestling as his camera followed Bret "the Hitman" Hart for one year. Going behind the tightly guarded walls of wrestling's spectacle and theatre, the film explores the meaning of today's wrestling morality plays. As fantasy crosses into real life, the true story of Bret Hart's struggle with Vince McMahon, the legendary owner of the WWE, is revealed. Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows climaxes with the tale of the biggest double-cross in pro wrestling.

This film contains scenes of violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows, Paul Jay, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Paul Jay
  • script
    Paul Jay
  • producer
    Sally Blake
    Paul Jay
    David M. Ostriker
    Silva Basmajian
  • executive producer
    David M. Ostriker
    Paul Jay
  • cinematography
    Joan Hutton
  • sound
    Gary Bruckner
    Per Asplund
    Andrew Yarme
    Harry Zafrany
  • editing
    Manfred Becker
  • sound editing
    Stephen Barden
    Sue Conley
    Robb Wright
  • sound mixer
    Keith Elliott
    Mark Zsifkovits
  • music
    Tihm Clément
    Colin Cripps
    Russell Walker

  • Nars

    This is a FANTASTC documentary! You can see Bret Hart's dediction, passion, and honesty throughout this entire documentary. I appreciated the sincerty and authenticity that this film had to offer. Bret Hart shows us the reality of wrestling. So glad to see this featured on the main page. Otherwise I would not have seen this documentary neither would I have even looked it up.

    Nars, 29 Jan 2013
  • Nars

    This is a FANTASTIC documentary. As a wrestling fan, I truly appreciated the sincerity and the authenticity that Bret Hart provded. So glad this was featured on the main page, otherwise I would not have seen this or would have thought to look for this.

    Nars, 29 Jan 2013
  • dbcat

    Just watched hitman hart: wrestling with shadows. GREAT VEIW!! I was one of the fans that did not like what vince did to the wwf. and went to nitro when Bret did. He was the reason to watch it, he kept it clean and fun to watch. This show's how bad vince went to try and make a buck. HOPE HE WAS HAPPY WITH IT!!!

    dbcat, 1 Sep 2012
  • guna12

    bret hart is awesome

    guna12, 8 Feb 2012

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