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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

Writers:

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. ... 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 real. The legend. See more »


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 2014 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

アイアン・シーク See more »

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Dolby Digital (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (HD)
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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 (1985) See more »

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Mildly interesting if you aren't a wrestling fan.
12 May 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Khosrow Vaziri is better known as 'The Iron Sheik'--a character from professional wrestling who was a huge star in the 1970s and 80s. During this time of tension between the US and Iran, the Iranian-born Vaziri was the right person at the right time--a very talented Olympic wrestler who was more than happy to play a caricature of an Ayatollah- loving crazy man who hated America. It was all total nonsense, but the wrestling public loved it--and loved to hate him. This film is about his--before, during and after this career. If you are a big fan of pro wrestling, then you'll most likely love the film. If, like me, you never really understood or connected with this sort of entertainment, then it still is worth seeing but it's far from a must-see. The film is reasonably well made and often interesting--though Vaziri later became a bit of a real life butt-head--and this also makes the film a bit less satisfying to watch. Not bad but nothing more.


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