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.
Did You Know?
To give the film a narrative arc, and thus mainstream appeal, the film was originally meant to follow actor Bud Cort
being trained by Arnold Schwarzenegger
over a year, using his physical development to explore the principles and world of bodybuilding. Cort and Schwarzenegger recorded several hours of footage but ultimately felt he was wrong for the project and amicably parted ways with the production; he forfeited his salary, asking that it go towards the budget of the film. Some of his footage eventually appeared in Raw Iron: The Making of 'Pumping Iron'
(2002). See more
What did you say Lou? What did you say?
I'm training Arnold! Gotta get a good pump!
You make too much noise! Has to be very quiet in here, like in a Church!
Our thanks to: Protection by "Chula" See more
Pumping Iron Song
Music and Lyrics by Michael Small
Sung by Joey Ward See more