Sunday, 23 November 2014

Hitman Hart: Wrestling WIth Shadows (1998) (Review) (November 2014)


I love a wrestling documentary and this one is worth picking up if you are a Bret Hart fan! November always sees WWE - Survivor Series and it seems appropriate to talk about this film. Bret Hart is in talks with WCW and leaving the then WWF (WWE), however stronger forces are at work to prevent that in the form of Vincent Kennedy McMahon

Between 1996 and 1997, Hart was followed by a film crew in the WWF. There are ups and downs such as life, but director Paul Jay gets Bret to talk about his family and Hart Dungeon days with his father, Stu Hart. The summer of 1997 saw the Hart Foundation reunite with Bret, Owen Hart, The British Bulldog, Jim Neidhart (the father of Natalie Neidhart who turns up in the ring at one point) and the late Brian Pillman (sadly others have passed on too). It was America vs Canada in the WWE - fans were split and Bret was only lukewarm to turning Heel on his fans in the company. In the mean time, WWE Monday night rivals, WCW are out to offer Hart a better deal and decisions, decisions for the five-time champ and Wrestling Legend!

In this pre-Attitude era documentary, we also get see Goldust, Vader, Savio Vega and rising stars like Mick "Mankind" Foley, HHH and of course "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Hart has something to say about each superstar, mainly positive until the shocking conclusion post-Survivor Series (1997) in which he lost the Championship to Shawn Michaels in the infamous "Montreal Screwjob"! Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (1998) is highly worth watching. Also, please check The Life & Death of Owen Hart (1999) and my review of Bret Hart vs Stone Cold: Wrestlemania 13.

The shocking conclusion at Survivor Series (1997)



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