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Bigger, Stronger, Faster*






DVD Release Date: 9/30/2008

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In America, we define ourselves in the superlative: we are the biggest, strongest, fastest country in the world. We reward speed, size and above all else: winning – at sport, at business and at war. Metaphorically we are a nation on steroids. Is it any wonder that so many of our heroes are on performance enhancing drugs?

From the producers of Bowling For Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11 comes a new film that unflinchingly explores our win-at-all-cost culture through the lens of a personal journey. Blending comedy and pathos, BIGGER, STRONGER, FASTER* is a collision of pop culture and first-person narrative, with a diverse cast including US Congressmen, professional athletes, medical experts and everyday gym rats.

At its heart, this is the story of director Christopher Bell and his two brothers, who grew up idolizing muscular giants like Hulk Hogan, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and who went on to become members of the steroid-subculture in an effort to realize their American dream. When you discover that your heroes have all broken the rules, do you follow the rules, or do you follow your heroes?


Directed by Christopher Bell
Written by Christopher Bell
Alex Buono
Tamsin Rawady
Produced by Alex Buono
Tamsin Rawady
Jim Czarnecki
Executive Producers Terrance J. Aarnio
Robert Weiser
Richard Schiffrin
Co-Producer Kurt Engfehr
Editor Brian Singbiel
Director of Photography Alex Buono
Original Music by Dave Porter



“RAUCOUSLY FUNNY, SURPRISINGLY COMPREHENSIVE AND INSIGHTFUL. A fascinating and unexpectedly profound meditation on what we have become as a country.” – Carina Chocano, LA Times

“FASCINATING! An incisive and compulsively watchable look at America’s love affair with steroids. Grade A-.” – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

“ENORMOUSLY ENTERTAINING! A fine examination into male body ideals.” – Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

“What can this movie tell us about steroids that we haven’t heard ad nauseum? PLENTY, IT TURNS OUT. A fantastic documentary that cuts through all the posturing.” – Glenn Whipp, LA Daily News

“Scrappy, remarkably expansive and CRAZILY WATCHABLE.” – Michelle Orange, Village Voice

“**** POWERFUL STUFF. A terrific doc - clear-eyed, entertaining, smart and snappy.” – Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News

“HILARIOUS.” – Stephen Holden, NY Times


“The film treats jocks like humans, not stars or superheroes, and in the end has managed something unique for documentaries these days: IT’S AS ENTERTAINING AS IT IS FAIR." – Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

“HUGELY ENTERTAINING!” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe

“A TERRIFIC FILM” – Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune

“THE RARE FILM THAT TRULY CHALLENGES ITS AUDIENCE. The most brutally honest film I’ve seen in many years, with masterful editing and an incredible cast of characters.” – Peter Schilling, Minneapolis Star-Ledger

“A stunningly comprehensive survey of the steroids controversy in every aspect of American life.” – Eric Kohn, NY Press

“Alternately funny and harrowing.” - GQ

Date for DVD release subject to change.