Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno face off in a no-holds-barred competition for the title of Mr. Olympia in this critically-acclaimed film that made Schwarzenegger a household name.


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


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 <>

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The term "pumping iron" was coined by bodybuilder-author Charles Gaines to encapsulate the art of weight-lifting. See more »


Arnold Schwarzenegger: I don't have any weak points. I had weak points three years ago, but my main thing in mind is, my goal always was, to even out everything to the point... that everything is perfect. Which means if I want to increase one muscle a half inch, the rest of the body has to increase. I would never make one muscle increase or decrease, because everything fits together now, and all I have to do is get my posing routine down more perfect, which is almost impossible to do, you know. It's perfect already.
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Pumping Iron Song
Music and Lyrics by Michael Small
Sung by Joey Ward
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Motivates You to Lift
31 March 2003 | by rjflan99See all my reviews

This movie, plain and simple, motivates you to hit the weightroom. After seeing Arnie, Lou, and Franco firing out a couple of sets of weights, it makes you want to get your buff on. Whenever, I'm feeling exceedingly lazy yet I know that I need to go to the gym, I'll just pop this movie in for about 10-15 minutes, and I'm ready to lift.

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23 June 1977 (France) See more »

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Sardinia, Italy See more »

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