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Release Date:
10 May 1976 (Brazil) See more »
The folks at the Olympic Gym would like to invite you over for a little workout. See more »
A syndicate wants to buy a whole district to rebuild it. They've bought every house except the small gym "Olympic"... See more » | Full synopsis »
Won Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination See more »
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A property buyer's plan to purchase and demolish a gym leads to a life-changing experience. See more (28 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Bridges ... Craig Blake

Sally Field ... Mary Tate Farnsworth

Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Joe Santo

R.G. Armstrong ... Thor Erickson

Robert Englund ... Franklin

Helena Kallianiotes ... Anita

Roger E. Mosley ... Newton

Woodrow Parfrey ... Uncle Albert

Scatman Crothers ... William
Kathleen Miller ... Dorothy Stephens
Fannie Flagg ... Amy

Joanna Cassidy ... Zoe

Richard Gilliland ... Hal
Mayf Nutter ... Richard Packman

Ed Begley Jr. ... Lester

John David Carson ... Halsey

Joe Spinell ... Jabo
Clifford A. Pellow ... Walter Jr. (as Cliff Pellow)

Dennis Fimple ... Bubba
Garry Goodrow ... Moe Zwick
Bart Carpinelli ... Laverne
Bob Westmoreland ... Fred Kroop
Brandy Wilde ... Flower
Laura Hippe ... Mae Ruth
John Gilgreen ... Security Officer
Murray Johnson ... Heavy #1

Dennis Burkley ... Heavy #2
Autry Pinson ... Heavy #3
Martin Hames ... Bartender
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Byron Berline ... Fiddler with Mustache (uncredited)

Susan Bridges ... Blonde Photographer at Contest (uncredited)
Samson Burke ... Goliath (a member of the David & Goliath team with Fred Randall) (uncredited)
Roger Callard ... Bodybuilder in Blue Shorts (uncredited)

Franco Columbu ... Franco Orsini (uncredited)
Ed Corney ... Bodybuilder (uncredited)
Royce Henry ... Spectator at Bodybuilder Contest (uncredited)

Sam Ingraffia ... Ron Haber (uncredited)

Bob Rafelson ... Man on Sidewalk with Painting (uncredited)
Robbie Robinson ... Bodybuilder at Contest (uncredited)
Ken Waller ... Doug Stewart (uncredited)
Jolene Wolff ... Mrs. Clyde (uncredited)

Directed by
Bob Rafelson 
Writing credits
Charles Gaines (screenplay) and
Bob Rafelson (screenplay)

Charles Gaines (novel)

Produced by
Bob Rafelson .... producer
Harold Schneider .... producer
Original Music by
Byron Berline 
Bruce Langhorne 
Cinematography by
Victor J. Kemper (director of photography) (as Victor Kemper)
Film Editing by
John F. Link  (as John F. Link II)
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden  (as Diane Crittenden)
Production Design by
Toby Carr Rafelson 
Set Decoration by
Robert Gould  (as Bob Gould)
Makeup Department
Bob Westmoreland .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Haley .... assistant director
Alan Hopkins .... second assistant director (as Jay Allen Hopkins)
Louis Race .... assistant director trainee
Art Department
George Lillie .... scenic artist
Paul Pascarella .... graphic artist
Ed Shanley .... construction coordinator
Sound Department
Richard Portman .... re-recording mixer
Sam F. Shaw .... sound effects (as Sam Shaw)
Barry Thomas .... sound mixer
Samuel C. Crutcher .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Noto .... assistant camera (as Louis Noto)
Fred Richter .... key grip
Robert C. Thomas .... camera operator (as Bob Thomas)
Jack Brown .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Evans .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy McArdle .... wardrobe (as Nancy McCardle)
G. Tony Scarano .... costume supervisor (as Tony Scarano)
Editorial Department
Marty Spiro .... assistant editor
Music Department
Dan Carlin Sr. .... music editor (as Dan Carlin)
Natalie Mucyn .... assistant to composer
L. Loren Newkirk .... assistant to composer
L. Loren Newkirk .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Coulter Adams .... assistant to director
Kent Remington .... assistant to director
Ann Tait .... production coordinator
Julia Tucker .... script continuity (as Judy Tucker)
Jolene Wolff .... secretary to the director
Kenneth Mancebo .... studio representative (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Germany:12 (re-rating) (2010) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2005) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R | West Germany:18 (original rating)
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Did You Know?

Another professional body builder (who also had a prominent role in Pumping Iron (1977)) not credited but seen leaving the Mr. Universe completion is Mike Katz. He is on the far left in the red tights.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Franklin discovers the first burglar on a ladder inside the gym, he knocks over the ladder (with the burglar still on it ). The ladder and burglar crash through a wooden gate and hit the floor, you can see the burglar bounce twice. It is obvious there was a mattress to cushion the fall.See more »
Movie Connections:
Dance of the Sugar Plum FairySee more »


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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A property buyer's plan to purchase and demolish a gym leads to a life-changing experience., 7 August 1998
Author: Steve Pang from London, England

I stumbled across this movie on the UK's little-watched TV network Channel 5. Initially intrigued by the idea of seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger's screen debut, I was quickly engrossed in this excellent and almost unknown film and the way in which the disparate characters inter-relate over the course of the story. The film manages to appear beguilingly simple and yet it deals with such issues as class, aspiration, loyalty, identity and love.

The way in which all the characters slowly but surely reveal their flaws and weaknesses is quite brilliant. Stand-out scenes include Arnie's bodybuilder character playing the fiddle (yes, the fiddle!) with a bunch of hillbillies out in the woods, Jeff Bridges' drunken jig, and the sight of about a hundred pumped-up bodybuilders running almost naked through rush hour traffic, which for me is one of the classic and most unexpected comic moments in cinema.

I may think more of this film because I 'discovered' it almost by chance, but I will always see it as an underrated classic and I urge everyone to seek it out.

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