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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:

PG | See all certifications »

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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 »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Our thanks to: Protection by "Chula" See more »


Soundtracks

Pumping Iron Song
Music and Lyrics by Michael Small
Sung by Joey Ward
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Arnold Exposed
22 January 2003 | by groltSee all my reviews

Everyone has seen the Austrian Oak's massive body, but "Pumping Iron" reveals the man behind the muscles. It is a compelling look at one of the most famous American icons in history. Arnold demonstrates a determination and confidence that has obviously propelled him to the superstar status he obtains today. The documentary is true and realistic, like all great documentaries of the 70's, and it provides a captivating window into the bodybuilding world. Although a true story, it manages to be intense and suspenseful during the final rounds of the Mr. Olympia competition. Will it be Lou Ferrigno or Arnold? Although most people probably already know the answer, getting to that conclusion is all the fun. A must see!


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