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11/13/1998 11:48:54 PM

Vancouver Province Review
Frankly, there's not a dull
moment in the 93 grueling minutes of film.

The Hart of the matter
The Province

Jonathan McDonald, Television Writer The Province
When NBC did its expose on
pro wrestling a couple of weeks
ago, the hulking tattletales hid
behind masks and called the
sport a big fake.

Bret Hart doesn't wear a mask
in Hitman Hart: Wrestling With
Shadows.

Hart, the Calgary-born behemoth
who made his fame and fortune
wrestling in Vince McMahon's
World Wrestling Federation, is
the featured player in this
compelling and revealing
National Film Board
documentary.

What began for producer Paul
Jay as a quest for insight into
the behind-the-scenes
machinery that makes the
WWF work turned into a
political and emotional battle as
McMahon decided to turf his
stable's stud.

Frankly, there's not a dull
moment in the 93 grueling minutes of film. Hart is portrayed compassionately
as one of 12 children who grew up in legendary wrestler Stu Hart's home.

"All eight boys got into wrestling," says Bret Hart, "and all four girls married
wrestlers. Not quite what my mother had in mind."

It certainly wasn't. But when Bret got his start on Stu's Stampede Wrestling --
a staple of many a young boy's Saturday afternoon in the late '70s -- he only
got bigger. And bigger. And bigger.

That's exactly what's conveyed in this taut, exciting program. Wrestling
fanatics -- and there are literally thousands upon thousands of them in the
Lower Mainland alone -- will relish the familiarity and the cameras showing
rare scenes of actors out of character.

Newcomers to the genre and doubters won't help but find pro wrestling
fascinating -- an opera for the masses -- and it's far more interesting than
watching the Anaheim Mighty Ducks play the Calgary Flames on Hockey
Night in Canada.

Hart's character -- who now wrestles for Ted Turner's WCW -- has always
been lauded by fans for his wholesome values. And Hart comes across as the
straight shooter he is in the ring.

"I've kicked people full blast in the face," says Hart. "Did you ever wonder for
one second why there's no big bruise after?

"There is an art to wrestling. But people never come up and say, 'You're a hell
of an actor.' They just go, 'You're a phoney.'"

There's nothing phoney about the contempt between Hart and McMahon or
that of jingoistic wrestling fans. When they turn on Hart -- and, by extension,
Canada -- the vitriol comes spitting out. When McMahon double-crosses Hart,
the pain seems real.

Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows won't make you want to turn away from
the show. In fact, you'll probably want to find out when you can see it for
yourself, live.

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