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Gentleman's Choice

Chris Adams , Steve Austin , Mickey Grant  |  DVD
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  • Actors: Chris Adams, Steve Austin, Gary Hart, Kevin von Erich
  • Directors: Mickey Grant
  • Format: Anamorphic, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Mickey Grant Productions
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0027A1BA4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,201 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Film Review: A Gentleman's Choice: The Chris Adams Story December 16, 2008 By: Hunter Golden of WrestleView.com "Anyone I've ever seen go over there (The US) in our business has either come back in a box, a wheel chair, or a drug addict" says former British wrestler Tony Walsh in the opening moments of Gentleman's Choice: The Chris Adams Story . Sobering comments that paint a dark picture of the story about to be told; one of riches to rags and the throws of drug and alcohol addiction and their consequences. Gentleman's Choice is a recently released documentary by Mickey Grant, who for those of you not privy to Texas Wrestling, may be one of the most influential, if not THE most influential TV producer for any wrestling promotion, ever. Among the biggest stars in the World Class promotion was a man by the name of Chris Adams. Adams was born in the United Kingdom and alongside Adrian Street, was perhaps on of the first genuinely popular foreigners in US Wrestling. Adams was a stand out worker on a list of young, snug working, up and coming stars in world class. His feuds with Jimmy Garvin & The Von Erichs in World Class would really serve as a launching pad for his career. Adams would go on to great success outside of World Class as well, feuding with Mid South's Terry Taylor in 1987. His good looks and ability to manipulate the crowd made him an indispensable addition to any roster during the early 80s. However, Adams' success in the ring is greatly contrasted with his battles outside of it. Adams' struggles have been documented numerous times in the past, but perhaps never this vividly. A Gentleman's Choice Takes a step into the seedy world of addiction, with its own share of colorful characters who help pave a path of destruction for Adams. Perhaps the most jarring portion of the documentary are those people whom Adams surrounded himself with; Has beens, never was' and other miscellaneous hangers-on. Not only is this just a story of addiction to drugs, but an addiction to fame, and how these 'supporting' characters all contribute in a way to his ultimate destruction. From the capricious Bill Booray Parnell, whom you never really ever get a sense of 'truthfulness' from, to the vindictive Sky Cole (aka Miss Lacey) who with her husband Billy (LA Steele) seem to be in search of petty vengeance against Adams for his squashing their delusions of grandeur after their photo appeared in the 2001 documentary Beyond the Mat , these people would all seem unbelievable if they weren't in front of your face on camera. There's stripper Laurie Wright, who is as close to the stereotypical lost soul, drug fried adult entertainer as you'll come across. There's even Pam Hernandez, who conveniently throws her children into a story where he was calling her unbecoming names. Just like the women you'd see in an episode of 'COPS'. Even the benign bystanders by comparison to others, end up being an issue. His fourth wife Karen, seems like she's caught in a fog. As if somehow the monstrous side of Adams never existed. Or John 'Raven' Wymer, who just seemingly wanted to be associated with famous people. Grant presents these characters well, really bringing to light the Grey-induced insanity of Adams' existence. Even when these people are 'right', they're in so many ways 'wrong'. All you can conclude by the end of the film was that all of them, in some way, shape or form, wanted a piece of him. As the title states, Gentleman's Choice is certainly a film about 'choice', whether that be the decisions we make for ourselves personally, or even decisions for others. Adams was a man steeped in a perpetual sense of gray, a genuinely good person swallowed up and plunged into the depths of despair by addiction. --Hunter Golden, WrestlingView.com

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GENTLEMAN'S CHOICE is the story of a truly nice guy who became a total jerk when he was drinking. When the STEROID GHB was added to the mix he became truly dangerous. A trained architect and judo competition winner from England, and a man with strong will and ambition, Chris Adams sought fame and fortune in America. He achieved it as a professional wrestler in the mid-1980 s as Gentleman Chris Adams. At the peak of his career, he was performing in front of tens of thousands in stadiums and arenas with wrestling legends including Kerry and Kevin Von Erich. Adams submitted to the temptations that accompany fame and fortune. As soon as things were starting to go really well, other things started to go seriously wrong. He got involved with the wrong crowd, accidentally killed a girlfriend, assaulted men and women, spent time in prison, and ultimately perished at the hands of his best friend. Along with entertaining archival wrestling footage featuring Adams and his co-stars of the day, this documentary includes revealing interviews with the people who were there, who knew Adams personally ... friends, family, wrestlers, promoters, managers, wives, strippers, drug dealers, enablers, and the man who killed Adams.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Doc of the Year September 11, 2009
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I just watched it again. Unbelieveable. The characters that helped lead to Chris Adams' downfall were amazing. I think that if anyone hung around those people, especially if they too were drunk and drugged, the same would happen to them. The film is very visual. I don't like wrestling but in this film I totally enjoyed the footage. Chris Adams was actually a champion judo person and when you watch the wrestling footage that's in the film you see a top notch Judo expert. Most of all, be aware that this is not a wrestling film. In fact it feels much more like a dramatic film. It's got all the elements of real drama, the protagonist and the antagonist. For years I wrote reviews for a film magazine in India and specialize in documentaries. Of the hundreds of docs I've reviewed, this is one of the best films I've seen. Don't let the fact that the background subject is wrestling. The real subject is human drama.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy effort October 16, 2013
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I am a fan of professional wrestling, its history, and (sometimes to my shame) the controversial elements that live within that history. One story I've looked forward to hearing was that of Chris Adams. I'm big on documentary films, especially retrospective pieces involving professional wrestling, so I took a chance on it, and paid the hefty $20 price tag (I generally buy used items, but the story intrigued me).

I thought the entire project was sloppy. The "stat sheet" type graphics that would pop-up 10-20 seconds after each new person would speak was distracting, the location of the interviews was distracting (Ex-wife sitting on a spacious park lawn, Von Erich in a jacuzzi the whole time, etc), the fact that many of the people being interviewed were done so over different periods of time made it a harder than it should have been to keep up with. In many cases (especially with the women), their appearances changed. Lastly, This documentary looks like it was shot on a $100 camera, and no budget. Sometimes that can be magic, this wasn't one of those times.
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great documentary on one of the best wrestlers during the world class era of pro wrestling back in the early-mid eighty's. i only wish there was more than just one match under the extra's menu, but the 1 match given was awesome, the good ole cotton bowl hair vs hair match with chris and gino against the von erichs, this match is show in full from entrances to head shaves
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Growing up with WCCW, I was intrigued as to what had happened to Chris Adams. As I got older, my interest in professional wrestling waned, but my childhood memories are still vivid following that great organization. Though the production value is not particularly high, it is obviously not a high dollar production, it is still a very informative glimpse into the dark side of Chris Adams lives. The people interviewed were candid and i felt honest, thought that girl at the strip club seemed to be tweaking the whole time. I particularly liked that they interviewed Gary Hart, one of the greatest influences in professional wrestling, especially in the WCCW. The music for the interview stat sheets seemed out of place. Overall it was a personal, candid look at the events that led to Chris Adams' tragic and sad end.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This film by far is one of the best real life documentaries that I have seen on a professional athlete from any sport and for certain professional wrestling.

Chris Adams at one time was a superstar, through this film you get to look into the life of someone that was once famous and loses their glory going through life. It is incredible the amount of damage that one can do to themselves by not choosing their friends and path in life wisely.

This film is exciting and worth while to see. Even if you are not a wrestling fan you will enjoy this documentary which journeys through ones life that ultimately leads them to a tragic death.

Job well done to the Director Mickey Grant! This was well put together!
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3.0 out of 5 stars How not to succeed in the wrestling business. April 19, 2014
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The subject was thoroughly covered and it was done in a way that was consistent with WCCW fans and programing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Coulda been better August 25, 2013
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This documentary is as much of a mess as The Gentleman's life. I was hoping for a solid well put together story much like Heroes of World Class. WRONG
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great insight January 11, 2013
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Great insight into Chris Adams downfall. Would have been nice if it would have concentrated on his good side too. Plus I think talking to his killer was horrible! Yeah Chris was on something that night but the "friend" who killed him didn't sound upset that he was forced to end Chris's life. It's a good movie if your a fan though. Very Recommended!
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Were many of the wrestlers who died in the past years GHB addicts?
I think it's about 50 wrestlers who have died. I appreciate the compliments Ram.
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