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Pumping Iron II: The Women (1985)

Judges and bodybuilders (Rachel McLish, Bev Francis, Carla Dunlap) try to define femininity at the 1983 world championship, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

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George Butler

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bev Francis Bev Francis ... Herself
Rachel McLish ... Herself
Lori Bowen Rice Lori Bowen Rice ... Herself (as Lori Bowen)
Carla Dunlap Carla Dunlap ... Herself
Steve Michalik Steve Michalik ... Himself
Steve Weinberger Steve Weinberger ... Himself
Randy Rice Randy Rice ... Himself
Kris Alexander Kris Alexander ... Herself
Sherry Atton Sherry Atton ... Herself
Lori Birdsong Lori Birdsong ... Herself
Seliha Chamberlain Seliha Chamberlain ... Herself
Lydia Cheng Lydia Cheng ... Herself
Carolyn Cheshire Carolyn Cheshire ... Herself
Shelly Gruwell Shelly Gruwell ... Herself
Gladys Portugues ... Herself
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"Pumping Iron," the film that turned the obscure sport of male bodybuilding into an overnight phenomenon and made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star, broke the ground. Now, experience PUMPING IRON II: THE WOMEN, a film that is changing the way the world views the female physique-creating "a new definition of the female form." Join four women as they prepare for the 1983 Caesars Palace World Cup Championship: the sultry and curvaceous Rachel McLish, the current champion; the almost manly, super-muscular Bev Francis, Rachel's toughest competition; and newcomers Lori Bowen and Carla Dunlap. Four women who have devoted their lives to the pursuit of their conception of the "perfect" female form, spending grueling hours torturing themselves on Nautilus machines and browning themselves under tanning lamps. Learn their personal struggles and public triumphs that make up their unique world as they struggle both with their bodies' limitations and the world's limitations on what that body ought to ... Written by Anonymous

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A Story of Strength, Desire, Courage... and a New Definition of Woman.

Genres:

Documentary | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kulturystki See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$628,050

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$628,050
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Thinking About Your Love
Performed by Skipworth & Turner
Written by Rodney Skipworth and Phil Turner
(P) 1985 Memory Lane Corp.
Larry Spier, Inc. (ASCAP)
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Performance in Pumping Iron II
4 March 2003 | by Lainey08See all my reviews

Since I'm currently studying this film I'm a bit insulted at some of the shallow reviews. This semi-documentary film shows female bodybuilders in 1985, and it critiques the performance they must all put on in order to make it in their business (hence the loaded make-up: first of all it was the eighties, second of all they had to struggle to remain feminine looking or, as seen with Bev Francis, they were penalized). Watching this film should enrage you since it's clear who SHOULD win the title. Clearly the judges need a little updating, but again, it was1985.

I strongly recommend this film to anyone who has not seen it. It critiques female bodybuilding and questions the stereotypical view of women as seen through the actions of the judges.


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