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3 May 1985 (USA) See more »
A Story of Strength, Desire, Courage... and a New Definition of Woman.
"Pumping Iron," the film that turned the obscure sport of male bodybuilding into an overnight phenomenon and made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Kris Alexander
Lori Bowen ... Herself
Lydia Cheng ... Herself
Carla Dunlap
Bev Francis ... Herself
Eddie Giuliani ... Himself (as Eddie Juliani)

Rachel McLish ... Herself
Steve Michalik

George Plimpton ... Himself
Randy Rice ... Himself
Clark Sanchez ... Judge
Betty Weider ... Herself
Steve Weinberger

Directed by
George Butler 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Butler  book
George Butler  screenplay
Charles Gaines  book
Charles Gaines  screenplay

Produced by
Virginia Lynch .... associate producer (as Virginia Lynch Dean)
Virginia Lynch .... associate producer
Original Music by
David McHugh 
Michael Montes 
Cinematography by
Dyanna Taylor 
Film Editing by
Paul Barnes 
Susan R. Crutcher 
Production Management
Ed Lammi .... production manager
Sound Department
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Eric Taylor .... location sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Marbury .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Peter Esmonde .... assistant editor

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107 min
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Spoofed in Pumping Ethel (1989) (V)See more »
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Complexity, 28 November 2005
Author: baku_eater_of_Dreams from United States

helpless_dancer illustrates how incapable most of us are at actually looking into complex issues and understanding people other than ourselves. The women in Pumping Iron 2 are confusing at times, and a couple of them do seem more than a bit nutty, but reducing the issues at hand to the kind of ignorant, simple-minded derision that helpless_dancer deals in, is unfair to the women in the film and female bodybuilders in general. I don't understand them either, but calling them freaks is grade-school bigotry. The film itself is also, unfortunately, not up to the task, and spends much of its time trying to squeeze out some T&A from them. It does give the women an opportunity to speak for themselves from time to time, and their articulacy is often illuminating.

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