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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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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 ... 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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Documentary | Sport

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Pumping Iron See more »

Filming Locations:

Sardinia, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Several scenes were shot at Mountain Park, an amusement park in Holyoke, Massachusetts, which for many years hosted east coast bodybuilding championship in their "Clambake Pavilion." 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 »

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Referenced in The Thingy: Confessions of a Teenage Placenta (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Pumping Iron Song
Music and Lyrics by Michael Small
Sung by Joey Ward
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Outpsyche.Outtrain.Outlast.
4 July 2005 | by ariitanywhereSee all my reviews

Wow.Big men with big personalities. Humor, drama,passion, camaraderie. In my opinion, this is a great guy flick. Especially, if you're a gym fiend like me. I didn't have too much knowledge about Arnold's bodybuilding past,as I'm from the generation of his movie period, just like kids today are part of his political period. I grew up on Arnie, Stallone and Bruce Lee. Discovering this movie was one of the best things that happened.Thanks , IMDb :) To take a close look at the inside world of bodybuilding the way it should be, Pumping Iron delivers big time. With the Mr.Olympia contest as the center stage event, and what happens around it is the premise for this docu drama.

Lots of inspiring moments when the champs are working out-- Arnold's massive barrel chest, Lou's young turk on the rise, Columbo's strongest man in the world angle, the modelling, the charity (Arnold kissing a jail bird and saying "Heyy, she might not have been kissed for a long time yooo knowww..").. It also shows how these Kings bonded....sharing tips (even "bad advices"), lazing on the beach, Arnie showing "little men" how to pose,spotting each other....man, reminds me of when I'm with my gym buddies. Even if you're a girl or a layman who's not into working out,this movie is good entertainment. Lots of funny quips from Arnie--my favorite being "Franco is good..but he's a child...at the day of the competition.. I am his father!" and " When I get the pump I feel like I am coming day and night, I'm in Heaven.."

On a serious note, the anxieties, the passion, the fear and the mental armory these guys possess varies. On one side there's Lou (a big softy) and on the other end, there's good ol' Arnie; acting out the part of likable rogue to perfection.When he talks about immortality and mentions his admiration for dictators and Jesus.."yooo know, people who will be remembered for thhhouuusands of yeaars.." you know you've got a winner on your hands. Some of his quotes are outrageously funny but they also make you think. Maybe that's the true mindset of champions.

At the end of the day, the message is that everyone is friends. And that's the bottomline. Play hard, work hard, party hard. But stay firm friends. That's how it is and that's my belief as well.Male bonding will always be something women can never understand. I love women, and I know how much a part my physique plays in it ;) but when it comes to getting "pumped" or needing a good testosterone boost(without the homosexual overtones), I prefer good solid male company to truly make me feel alive. The competition, the fun, the bonding is something only we the male of the species can share. Great stuff.Inspiring, funny and immensely entertaining. A movie with muscle, if there was one. 10 on 10.


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