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The Sheik (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography | 26 April 2014 (Canada)
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The Sheik is a pop culture documentary that chronicles Khosrow Vaziri's electrifying career. From his upbringing in Iran, to his journey in America, to his unprecedented experiences as America's most hated villain.

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Igal Hecht

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Jian Magen (story), Jake Neiman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Jack Black ... Himself
Jim Duggan ... Himself
Mick Foley ... Himself
Todd W. Fulkerson ... Himself
David Golshan ... Himself
Seth Green ... Himself
Keith Elliot Greenberg Keith Elliot Greenberg ... Himself
Bret Hart ... Himself
Jimmy Hart ... Himself
Hulk Hogan ... Himself
Dwayne Johnson ... Himself
Jian Magen ... Himself
Page Magen Page Magen ... Himself
Greg Oliver Greg Oliver ... Himself
Bob Orton Sr. Bob Orton Sr. ... Himself
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Filmed extensively between 2006 and 2014, this is a touching story about the unlikely revival of a former wrestling superstar. At age 72, the Sheik has embraced an unlikely new career as an outlandish social media sensation; known for hilarious outbursts and massively popular antics. Watch as we recount the Sheik's one-of-a-kind life journey. The film explores the Sheik's personal relationships with those closest to him, and those who know him best: his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his contemporaries and colleagues. Interviews were conducted with the Sheik's family, Wrestling and Iranian historians, friends and over 25 wrestling superstars. Written by Jake Neiman

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The amazingly entertaining story of a man that lived the American Dream by assuming the persona of the supreme villain. See more »


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English

Release Date:

26 April 2014 (Canada) See more »

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Dolby Digital (RCA Sound Recording)

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The Iron Sheik's WWF Championship reign lasted for 28 days. He defeated Bob Backlund on December 26, 1983 to win the title and lost it to Hulk Hogan on January 23, 1984. See more »

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References WrestleMania III (1987) See more »

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A Limp Pass at a Spirited Story, The Sheik's Lack of Focus is Damning
8 December 2015 | by drqshadow-reviewsSee all my reviews

A quick-hits personal history of the mighty Iron Sheik, retired WWF champion turned profane social media phenomenon. Beneath his tough, big-front attitude, the Sheik has a deeply involved, complex story to tell, though an irritating lack of focus stops us from dwelling long enough to appreciate it. The film, well-produced and stuffed with big-name testimonials, seems more interested in his recent, superficial, second limelight than in his roots as an Iranian Olympian or even as foil to the likes of Hulk Hogan and Bob Backlund. Which is a shame, because I found the story of his abrupt exodus from the middle east and roundabout path to pro wrestling superstardom far, far more intriguing than his Twitter routine or appearances on Howard Stern. Maybe a lack of available footage from the Sheik's heyday is to blame, or maybe the producers found themselves too involved (they double as his social media advisors). Whatever the reasons, they leave the story hamstrung early and it sags badly for the last half-hour. Occasionally amusing and only rarely enlightening, it isn't half as enjoyable as just reading the guy's Wikipedia entry, checking out his last dozen tweets and calling it a day.


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