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Bigger Stronger Faster*

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 Written by
Alexander Buono Writer
Chris Bell Writer
Tamsin Rawady Writer

 Directed by
Chris Bell

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.

Is it still cheating if everyone's doing it?

 Release Date
May 30, 2008

105 minutes


Sylvester Stallone Himself
Arnold Schwarzenegger Himself
Chris Bell Himself - Host (also archive footage)
Mark Bellinghaus Himself (also archive footage)
Mike Bell as Himself (also archive footage)

Mike Bell (aka Mad Dog) died on December 14, 2008, at the age of 37, at a rehabilitation facility in Costa Mesa, California.
He passed away from an inhalation-induced heart attack caused by an accidental inhalation of difluoroethane in Dust-Off.

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By Jack Anderson on September 5, 2017

"Bigger Stronger Faster*" is a documentary in the same vein of the films from Michael Moore. The director Chris Bell interviews his own family, can be seen proimentently during the film, almost telling the audience what to think.
Although it never achieves to go as high as Moore's movies, it is still a very interesting film.
What fascinated me the most was the fate of normal people chasing their dreams to such an extent that they would not only destroy their body, but also destroy people around them.
As an example, one of Chris Bell's brothers, Mike Bell (aka Mad Dog), is saying in from of his beautiful wife that his life is miserable because he is not living in California, where he could become a real wrestler.
To me, the film was more about this aspect of chasing your dream, even though you are living a dream life already (beautiful wife, lovely kid, a job and a house), than the aspect on drugs per say.
One other scene that marked me forever is when we see a bodybuilder living in a van on the parking lot of Gold's Gym in California - the famous gym where Arnold Schwarzenegger trained when he was young.
At 50, this person is still believing "(we) can fulfill our dreams. We can train. Game ain't over. The sun is shining. And it ain't over."

I give the film a 6 out of 10 (Good). The film is definitely not great, movie-wise, but it shines a light on a very dramatic subject.



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