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Pumping Iron (1977)

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 »

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... 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
... Himself
David DuPree ... Himself
Eddie Giuliani ... Himself (as Eddie Juliani)
Danny Padilla ... Himself
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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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31 March 1978 (Denmark)  »

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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 »

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Arnold Schwarzenegger: The greatest feeling you can get in a gym, or the most satisfying feeling you can get in the gym is... The Pump. Let's say you train your biceps. Blood is rushing into your muscles and that's what we call The Pump. You muscles get a really tight feeling, like your skin is going to explode any minute, and it's really tight - it's like somebody blowing air into it, into your muscle. It just blows up, and it feels really different. It feels fantastic.
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Referenced in Scavenger Hunt (1979) See more »

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Pumping Iron Song
Music and Lyrics by Michael Small
Sung by Joey Ward
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One of the best BB movies ever.
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This movie is one of the best body building movies ever made. It has passion and style and will allways give you the motivation for a good workout. You will find some of the biggest legends of body building in this feature.


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