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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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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

Serge Nubret: Looks like I can take you.
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Heh heh, yeah, keep looking.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Scavenger Hunt (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

Pumping Iron Song
Music and Lyrics by Michael Small
Sung by Joey Ward
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Unbelievable!!
21 October 2002 | by RobertPaulsonSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie my freshmen year of high school, and after the first ten minutes of the movie I was sucked into a strange, new, world...And I liked it. This film is great, it has all the makings of a great movie (Arnold is a great heel) but yet it is a documentary. Pumping Iron takes you backstage, into the gyms, and into the mind of the competitors. The only weak part of the film is the focus on Mike Katz going for the amateur Mr. Universe, however Ken Waller shines in this part. Also look for the future Incredible Hulk, Lou Ferrigno as the new up-and-coming bodybuilder. I cannot praise this movie enough, its changed my life. I watch this movie all the time, I've read Arnold's Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding, and am training to be a bodybuilder. This movie is great for anyone looking for inspiration! 10 out of 10


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