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Sports film of the week - Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows

Wrestler Bret Hart’s painstaking journey to the top of his profession is recounted in comprehensive detail.

Title: Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows

Released: December 20, 1998

Director: Paul Jay

Plot: While some may question the validity of wrestling (of the WWE variety) as a sport, this documentary will ensure you never dismiss it as ‘fake’ ever again. Bret Hart’s life is recounted, from his brutal upbringing in which his father trained him to become a wrestler in a dungeon, to his modern-day struggles with the politics of wrestling, Hitman Hart debunks some of the myths associated with the sport. What’s more, Hart emerges as a thoughtful, intelligent character, in contrast with the stereotype associated with most professional wrestlers.

What the critics said: “Few films take such a backstage look at the business of professional wrestling or how a predetermined event can have real consequences for those involved” – KC Mynk, Bleacher Report.

YouTube credit: Rants N wrestling

A version of this post originally appeared on 8 June

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