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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: Franco is pretty smart, but Franco's a child, and when it comes to the day of the contest, I am his father. He comes to me for advices. So it's not that hard for me to give him the wrong advices.
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Pumping Iron Song
Music and Lyrics by Michael Small
Sung by Joey Ward
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In a word... Intriguing
29 June 2003 | by edingerSee all my reviews

Liking Arnold or not linking Arnold, liking bodybuilding or not liking bodybuilding, this seventies documentary is an interesting study of the discipline, willpower and guts it takes to succeed in a (let's be honest) rather extreme sport. The film shows the athletes as real people, not merely as empty shells of testosterone. And while some of the views expressed in the film are quite humorous, others are (surprisingly?) balanced and deep-felt.

Nice documentary. IMDb rating: 8/10

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23 June 1977 (France) See more »

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