The Sheik (2014) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Igal Hecht
Starring: Jack Black, Jim Duggan, Mick Foley
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available From Dark Sky Films
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.
Iron Sheik was one of those guys I remember from my childhood. I was born in 1983 and he lost the WWF World Title to Hulk Hogan in 1984, so I always knew he was the guy Hogan beat to start his big run, even if Iron Sheik was mostly just a comedic bad guy, who was also still in a successful tag team at the point I could remember seeing him myself. Most people know who the Iron Sheik even if they aren’t wrestling fans, because the man has a bit of a rep these days for his odd and wild ways. This is a doc that covers all that from way before his wrestling, as we learn about his migration from Tehran, Iran to American and then into the crazy world of wrestling. This is a really fun thing to watch as we learn all about The Sheik. Wrestling fans will love it regardless, but there is enough interesting things here to maybe even keep the people who aren’t already wrestling fans interested in what they are seeing as well. You learn a whole lot of stuff here, things I didn’t even know about before now and I’m one of the biggest wrestling geeks you will find out there.
Like, did you know he invented the world Jabroni? Well, neither did I, but he says he did and apparently it is so. I mean, hey who is going to tell this man he is wrong about something? Not I. You also get a lot of well-known talking heads in this movie as well, from the great Hulk Hogan and Jack Black to Jake the Snake Roberts, The Rock, and many more interesting folks. Some where a shock to see, but they only make this thing all the more interesting to watch. There is also some sad stuff in this as well, as poor Sheik has had some horrible times, like the death of one of his daughters. We really get to learn who The Sheik is here with this at times very personal movie and I believe it is well worth your time and turns out to be a much better documentary than it might have had any right to be.