GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling

2013

GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling

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The year is 1986. Mike Tyson has just won his first title, the Chicago Bears are super bowl champs and unlikely rap-stars, and Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) is about to burst onto the scene as the first ever all-female wrestling show on television. Like its then sole competitor/frequent imitator, the World Wrestling Federation, GLOW was a prime-time wrestling series, complete with elaborate characters, costumes, skits, personalized raps, and, of course, wrestling. Week after week, women like Mountain Fiji, the Samoan giant with a heart of gold, and Matilda the Hun, the evil German with a taste for raw meat, battled it out for the GLOW crown. By 1989, the GLOW girls were an international phenomenon, attracting over seven million viewers worldwide, touring the nation, and making big bank for the show's producers. One year later, GLOW was gone. GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling chronicles the rise and fall of this once successful television show through the stories of those who lived it. From the initial open-call auditions, to the grueling training with wrestling legend Mando Guerrero, to over-night success and global recognition, to the show's sudden and unexpected cancellation in 1990, the GLOW girls recall their time on the show with a mixture of heartfelt nostalgia and tearful regret over injuries and the loss of friends. For some, the show was a brief foray into acting and a short-lived adventure on the way to a normal life. For others, that time in GLOW would impact and influence their lives for years to follow. For all of the women, working on GLOW was a unique and exciting experience that will bond them forever. (c) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling

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  • From the first moments of this 2012 documentary it's clear the women involved still treasure the whole bizarre experience and the sisterhood it forged.

    Mar 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • GLOW: The Story of The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, is an hour-long glimpse into this bizarre, wonderful, extremely 80s punk wrestling TV show, which ran from 1986 to 1990 before getting cancelled.

    Jun 16, 2017 | Full Review…

    Darian Lusk

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  • In the interviews that guide the narrative of Brett Whitcomb's documentary, the memories are fond-and, unexpectedly, free from much sense of exploitation.

    Dec 6, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • Some of the women were talented athletes, but the wrestling was never as important as the wrestlers themselves.

    May 22, 2013 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling

I am entertained by the Netflix show GLOW. I know next to nothing about professional wrestling, and I had never heard of this 80s all-female wrestling show. Following the first season of the Netflix comedy/drama I found this documentary also on Netflix. I was awestruck and equally entertained by this over-the-top peak behind the scenes. I was also surprised by the heart touching moments with Emily "Mt. Fiji" Dole and the real director of the series, Matt Cimber.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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