MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 825 this week

Pumping Iron (1977)

7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 10,532 users  
Reviews: 44 user | 36 critic

From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this ... See full summary »

Writers:

(book), (book), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 14 Jul 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 02 Oct 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 29 Oct 2011
 
list image
a list of 29 titles
created 08 Dec 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 27 Aug 2012
 

Related Items

Search for "Pumping Iron" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Pumping Iron (1977)

Pumping Iron (1977) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Pumping Iron.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

An examination of America's win-at-all-cost culture from the perspective of bodybuilding and performance enhancing drugs, as it focuses on a pair of siblings chasing their dream.

Director: Chris Bell
Stars: Chris Bell, Mike Bell, Mark Bell
Documentary | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A documentary that follows top bodybuilders as they train to compete in the Mr. Olympia competition.

Director: Vlad Yudin
Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mickey Rourke, Lou Ferrigno
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: John Hyams
Stars: Mark Kerr, Mark Coleman, Dawn Staples
Facing Ali (2009)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Ten of Muhammad Ali's former rivals pay tribute to the three-time world heavyweight champion.

Director: Pete McCormack
Stars: George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, George Foreman
Tyson (2008)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A mixture of original interviews and archival footage and photographs sheds light on the life experiences of Mike Tyson.

Director: James Toback
Stars: Mike Tyson, Mills Lane, Trevor Berbick
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Heartfelt documentry focusing on the lives of professional wrestlers and how their sport is not fake.

Director: Barry W. Blaustein
Stars: Terry Funk, Mick Foley, Jake Roberts
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Diehard video game fans compete to break World Records on classic arcade games.

Director: Seth Gordon
Stars: Steve Wiebe, Billy Mitchell, Mark Alpiger
Murderball (2005)
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Quadriplegics, who play full-contact rugby in wheelchairs, overcome unimaginable obstacles to compete in the Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece.

Directors: Henry Alex Rubin, Dana Adam Shapiro
Stars: Joe Soares, Keith Cavill, Mark Zupan
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame.

Director: Kristopher Belman
Stars: LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis
Documentary | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Documentary about the pioneering 1970s Zephyr skating team.

Director: Stacy Peralta
Stars: Sean Penn, Jay Adams, Tony Alva
Documentary | History | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A documentary of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire between champion George Foreman and underdog challenger Muhammad Ali.

Director: Leon Gast
Stars: Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Don King
Senna (2010)
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

A documentary on Brazilian Formula One racing driver Ayrton Senna, who won the F1 world championship three times before his death at age 34.

Director: Asif Kapadia
Stars: Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Frank Williams
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Himself
...
Himself (as Louis Ferrigno)
Matty Ferrigno ...
Himself
Victoria Ferrigno ...
Herself
Mike Katz ...
Himself
...
Himself
Ed Corney ...
Himself
Ken Waller ...
Himself
Serge Nubret ...
Himself
Robbie Robinson ...
Himself (as Robin Robinson)
Marianne Claire ...
Herself
Frank Zane ...
Himself
David DuPree ...
Himself
Eddie Juliani ...
Himself
Danny Padilla ...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this part-scripted, part-documentary film. Five-time champion Arnold Schwarzenegger defends his Mr. Olympia title against Serge Nubret and the shy young deaf Lou Ferrigno, whose father is his coach; the ruthless champ psyches out the young lion. Sardinian Franco Columbu competes in the lightweight class; at home in Italy he solves a tight parking problem by lifting the car into place. Joe Weider is the marketer; Mike Katz and Ken Waller go for the title of Mr. Universe. Bodybuilding and a celebrity-to-be go mainstream. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 March 1978 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Acélizom  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

More than 100 hours of footage was filmed. It eventually had to be edited down to 85 minutes, however, on the 25th anniversary DVD more footage was shown. See more »

Quotes

Matty Ferrigno: Never feel sorry for yourself. Remember, if you are traning hard, he may be training twice as hard. You just gotta keep coming back stronger.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Our thanks to: Protection by "Chula" See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Miracle of Life (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

In a word... Intriguing
29 June 2003 | by (Islev, Greater Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

Liking Arnold or not linking Arnold, liking bodybuilding or not liking bodybuilding, this seventies documentary is an interesting study of the discipline, willpower and guts it takes to succeed in a (let's be honest) rather extreme sport. The film shows the athletes as real people, not merely as empty shells of testosterone. And while some of the views expressed in the film are quite humorous, others are (surprisingly?) balanced and deep-felt.

Nice documentary. IMDb rating: 8/10


14 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
ARNOLD TOOK DRUGS TO GET BUFF? Turks
Funniest Scene kmp3000
The Misc owns you! richgoffjr
Mike Katz sheila_schumacher
i hate to burst anyones bubble aj-216
HOLY SH*T DID ARNOLD JUST SMOKE A DOOB! heeby1
Discuss Pumping Iron (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page