Strongman (2011)



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Stanless Steel-"The Strongest Man in the World at Bending Steel and Metal"-is the only man alive capable of bending a U.S. penny with his fingers. But the world around Stan-his aging parents, his alcoholic brother, his beautiful but timid announcer-girlfriend, his show-biz agents and strength rivals, and even Stan himself-is not so malleable. As the pressure mounts, what starts as a unique portrait of a loveable outsider soon becomes a deeply universal, funny, and poignant story about trying to find a path to a better life through the scraps and dented dreams of our modern times. (c) Official Site
Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Strongman

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

One cannot help but think of Fellini's Zampano and Gelsomina.

Full Review… | March 17, 2011
Arizona Republic
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Strongman is a tantalizing example of the kind of documentary I find engrossing: A film about an unusual person that invites us into the mystery of a human life.

Full Review… | February 2, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
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Though Levy's film feels shapeless at times, what it loses in structure, it gains in handheld intimacy, letting viewers get to know the mercurial but fundamentally sweet Pleskun.

Full Review… | January 27, 2011
AV Club
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An outsider tale of unforced rawness and lilting poignancy.

January 25, 2011
New York Times
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A warts-and-all documentary from first-time director Zachary Levy that moves in close and stays there.

Full Review… | February 26, 2010
Detroit News
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Without being intrusive, Levy chronicles these lives like a trusted family member, and Strongman allows a privileged and affectionate glimpse of a truly American dreamer.

Full Review… | January 7, 2010
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Strongman

A glimpse inside the lives of people you don't want to be - or even know. Would probably be better about 20 minutes shorter.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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