Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows

The documentary film Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows follows a tumultuous year in the life of WWF professional wrestler, Bret "The Hitman" Hart. He was born in Calgary Alberta Canada and was one of eight siblings born to the legendary wrestling promoter Stu Hart and his wife Helen Hart. All of the Hart children are either wrestlers themselves or married to professional wrestlers. Early on, the film introduces you to some of Bret's brothers and sisters. Two of Bret's sisters married wrestlers who fight alongside Bret in the World Wrestling Federation. He is joined in his ring wars by his youngest brother Owen Hart and his brothers-in-law Jim "The Anvil" Neidhardt and "The British Bulldog" Davey Boy Smith.

This documentary also shows you what life is like outside of the ring for these wrestling superstars. It gives you previously unseen shots of what life is like for such a high profile performer who has to spend so much time on the road. You see how Bret's wife and children struggle with their father away. You also see some of the politics that go on behind the scenes in the world's most popular professional wrestling organization.

Building up to one of his biggest matches of the year, Bret is torn apart by a decision about if he should stay with his current job or move on to another company which is offering more money. He chooses loyalty but didn't realize that he would become part of one of the biggest controversies that the professional wrestling world would ever see. You see Bret negotiating the details of his contract with WWF President, Vince McMahon. When it becomes clear that the WWF will not be able to pay Bret the money that it had promised, he seeks to finally move on to the competition. He signs a deal with Ted Turner's WCW. The final part of the film shows the match and the fall-out when Bret loses his WWF championship.

R
| 1998 | 2 hr 12 min | 8.2/10
Cast
Bret Hart, Owen Hart, Brian Pillman, Blade Hart
Studio
Trimark
Director
Paul Jay
Language
English
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