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Pumping Iron (1977)

Arnold Schwarzenegger's Documentary about Gym Hall has Muscle and bigger guy and there past.

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Cast

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1978 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Pumping Iron See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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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

[continuing about The Pump]
Arnold Schwarzenegger: It's as satisfying to me as, uh, coming is, you know? As, ah, having sex with a woman and coming. And so can you believe how much I am in heaven? I am like, uh, getting the feeling of coming in a gym, I'm getting the feeling of coming at home, I'm getting the feeling of coming backstage when I pump up, when I pose in front of 5,000 people, I get the same feeling, so I am coming day and night. I mean, it's terrific. Right? So you know, I am in heaven.
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Connections

Referenced in Seto no hanayome: Pumping Iron (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Pumping Iron Song
Music and Lyrics by Michael Small
Sung by Joey Ward
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They don't make em like they used to...
30 January 2002 | by pocket_rocket99See all my reviews

Taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane, Pumping Iron brings a smile to ones face even if you can't understand Schwarzenegger with his thick Austrian accent.

Pumping Iron looks at the world of body building as a competitive sport, an art, a science, and a religion. Despite his modern day success as an actor. Arnold shows us what he was truly about, a man who hungered to win, and win at what ever lengths it took.

Unlike the unrealistic looking body builders of nowadays, these grandfathers of bodybuilding show us just what real muscle men are about. The rivalry, the pranks back stage at tournaments, the reverse psychology and the rumours they would spread to throw their fellow competitors into disarray.

There was scepticism as to whether most of the content of this movie was scripted or performed ad-lib. One get the impression it's a bit of both especially when you see a very young Lou Ferrigno throw a tantrum infront of his father Matty and telling him he's "gonna beat'im" (Arnold that is) to become the next Mr. Olympia.

Overall, it's one film to watch as a motivator, study guide to understand the psyche of iron pumpers and to note how Joe Weider marketed talents such as Arnold, Lou Ferrigno and Franco Columbu, immortalising them into the world of body building. 6.8/10


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