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Bigger Stronger Faster* (2008)

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An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream.

Director:

Chris Bell

Writers:

Chris Bell (as Christopher Bell), Alexander Buono | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Chris Bell Chris Bell ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hank Aaron ... Himself (archive footage)
Lyle Alzado ... Himself (archive footage)
Joshua Amsden Joshua Amsden ... Himself
Ben Aukes Ben Aukes ... Himself
Kelly Beecher Kelly Beecher ... Himself
Mark Bell Mark Bell ... Himself
Mike Bell ... Himself
Rosemary Bell Rosemary Bell ... Herself
Sheldon Bell Sheldon Bell ... Himself
Joe Biden ... Himself (archive footage) (as Sen. Joseph Biden)
Mike Blanton Mike Blanton ... Himself
Christian Boeving ... Himself
Barry Bonds ... Himself (archive footage)
Jim Bunning ... Himself (archive footage)
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Storyline

In America, we define ourselves in the superlative: we are the biggest, strongest, fastest country in the world. Is it any wonder that so many of our heroes are on performance enhancing drugs? Director Christopher Bell explores America's win-at-all-cost culture by examining how his two brothers became members of the steroid-subculture in an effort to realize their American dream. Written by BSF Film

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Taglines:

The side effects of being American. See more »

Genres:

Documentary | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material involving drugs, language, some sexual content and violent images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bigger Stronger Faster*: *The Side Effects of Being American See more »

Filming Locations:

Columbus, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,576, 1 June 2008

Gross USA:

$308,575

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$308,575
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BSF Film See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In a 2015 interview on the Steve Austin Podcast with brother Mark Bell, director Chris Bell admitted that after completing the film, he did casually use steroids to improve his power lifting performance. He claimed he knew after filming that they would not kill him, so the risk was low. However, he stressed that it was in moderation, and clarified that he told people to reconsider using them "all the time." See more »

Quotes

Chris Bell - Host: Was there any sort of moral bridge to cross when you did this?
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True to Life
30 May 2008 | by PhilMcK623See all my reviews

As an ex-amateur wrestler, I have seen a lot of this stuff first hand. But until now the use of steroids or performance enhancing drugs was very hush hush. This movie is very true to life and reveals the truth behind this mystery.

Steroids are not limited to sports pros or Olympic athletes, these drugs are everywhere. People you would never suspect are using them, your neighbor, your teacher, possibly even members of your own family.

It is about time someone has lifted the veil off of this issue, and this movie did a realistic and honest job of doing just that. Thank you to the brave participants.


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