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Pumping Iron (1977)

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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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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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 »


Arnold Schwarzenegger: I was always dreaming about very powerful people, dictators and things like that. I was just always impressed by people who could be remembered for hundreds of years, or even, like Jesus, be for thousands of years remembered.
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Referenced in Saved by the Bell: Student-Teacher Week (1992) See more »


Pumping Iron Song
Music and Lyrics by Michael Small
Sung by Joey Ward
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It takes more than muscles to be CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
8 July 2009 | by pushkarjajoriaSee all my reviews

It was the most fascinating body building documentary i have ever seen.. HATS OFF TO THE GREAT ONE ..Arnold Schwarzenegger.. It is a documentary based up Arnold's training n more than that his mental thinking, Every time he gave a pose it gave me goosebumps..

If you are a body building fanatic this is the video for u, its worth gold...

but if u just like muscles its awesome!! its my personal promise u would'not have seen this side of Arnold in movies or previous video's..

Simply magnificent!!

9 out of 10

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23 June 1977 (France) See more »

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Sardinia, Italy See more »

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