André the Giant (film)

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André the Giant
André the Giant (film).jpg
Film poster
Written bySimon Pummell
Directed byJason Hehir
Music byThomas Caffey
Country of originUnited States
Production
Producer(s)Janine Marmot
Bill Simmons
Editor(s)Daniel Goddard
Running time85 minutes[1]
Production company(s)
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DistributorHBO
Release
Original release‹See TfM›
  • 10 April 2018 (2018-04-10)[3]

André the Giant is a 2018 TV documentary film based on the life of French professional wrestler and actor André René Roussimoff, best known as André the Giant.[4] The documentary covers André's life with gigantism.[5] The film features professional wrestlers and media personalities such as Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Pat Patterson, Tim White, Ric Flair, Dave Meltzer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Crystal as well as family members discussing André's life.[1]

The film was executively produced by Janine Marmot and Bill Simmons, who had been interested in creating a documentary on André previously.[6] The documentary was slated as focusing on his "upbringing in France, his celebrated career in WWE and his forays in the entertainment world".[7][8]

Reception[edit]

The review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 95%, based on 21 reviews, with an average rating of 8.4/10. The website's consensus reads, "Well-crafted and entertaining, Andre the Giant is a compelling celebration of a wrestling legend."[9] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a normalized score of 78 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]

In July 2018, HBO claimed the André the Giant film was the most watched sports documentary in its history.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Andre the Giant documentary". HBO. Archived from the original on 31 January 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  2. ^ "HBO's 'Andre the Giant' Director Jason Hehir on Finding the Man Behind the Myth". TV Insider.
  3. ^ Nordine, Michael (27 January 2018). "'André the Giant' Trailer: The Larger-Than-Life Legend Was Gentle, but He Was Also in Pain — Watch". IndieWire. Archived from the original on 28 January 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  4. ^ Rigdon, Jay. "HBO releases trailer, announces release date for long-awaited Andre The Giant documentary "He was famous on a different level. Literally the biggest celebrity in the world."". awfulannoucning.com. Archived from the original on 28 January 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  5. ^ "From the WWE Rumor Mill: Andre the Giant's documentary could end up on the WWE Network". Sportskeeda.com. Archived from the original on 29 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  6. ^ Terror, June (27 January 2018). "Watch the Full Trailer for HBO's Andre the Giant Documentary". Bleedingcool.com. Archived from the original on 29 March 2018. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  7. ^ Diamond, Jason (13 February 2018). "HBO, WWE Producing Andre the Giant Documentary". Rolling Stone.com. Archived from the original on 31 August 2017. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  8. ^ "The first trailer for Bill Simmons' 'Andre the Giant' documentary is here and it shows the dark side of being one of the world's most famous athletes". Business Insider. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Andre the Giant (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  10. ^ "Andre the Giant Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 1, 2020.
  11. ^ "411MANIA". The Andre the Giant Documentary Was Most Watched Sports Documentary in HBO History.

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