‘Faded Glory: The Von Erich Story’

Dallas Observer – March 16, 2000
By Robert Wilonsky

“It’s astonishing no one has yet turned the Von Erichs’ tragic tale into a big-screen biopic; after all, theirs is a story shot through with enough drama and trauma to level any audience. Or maybe it’s possible that no one will believe their tale, as fact or fiction. For a brief, shining moment, Fritz Von Erich and his boys (Kevin, Kerry, Michael, and David) ruled the wrestling world with an Iron Claw, only to succumb to drug abuse, suicide, and a thousand pounds of pain. Rusty Baker’s documentary does an admirable job of presenting the short-hand tale of the Von Erichs, using home movies and footage from matches (even Kevin’s very first in 1976); and it’s gripping to hear Fritz, now dead, speak from beyond the grave about the two things he loved most in this world — his sons, and beating the hell out of anyone who dared step into the squared circle with the meanest wrestler in Texas . . . Kevin is the last of Fritz’s four sons (Jackie died when he was a child, electrocuted in a trailer park) — the sole survivor of an ill-fated clan. Sometimes, this family’s story is too sad even to contemplate.”

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