A documentary that follows top bodybuilders as they train to compete in the Mr. Olympia competition.


Vlad Yudin


Vlad Yudin
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Self
Mickey Rourke ... Narrator (voice)
Michael Jai White ... Self
Lou Ferrigno ... Self
Kai Greene ... Self
Busta Rhymes ... Self
Ian Mercer ... Self
Valerie McCaffrey Valerie McCaffrey ... Self
Ronnie Coleman Ronnie Coleman ... Self
Vlad Yudin ... Self
Mike Katz Mike Katz ... Judge
Jay Cutler Jay Cutler ... Self
Lauren Powers Lauren Powers ... Self
Phil Heath ... Self
Branch Warren Branch Warren ... Self


From the producer of the original classic Pumping Iron', comes "Generation Iron" the long awaited true story of dedication, rivalry, victory, defeat, redemption and triumph... The film examines the professional sport of bodybuilding today and gives us access to the lives of current bodybuilding stars Phil Heath, Kai Greene, Branch Warren, Dennis Wolf, Victor Martinez, Hidetada Yamagishi as well as ambitious newcomer Ben Pakulski and European sensation Roelly Winklaar on their journey to be crowned Mr. Olympia. Written by Steve Greenberg

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material and brief strong language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The man on the poster for the film is Roelly Winklaar See more »


Never Gonna Stop feat. Quan
Written by Greg Cahn, Oscar Doniz, Ruwanga Samath, and Quan
Performed by Mind The Gap and Quan
See more »

User Reviews

Interesting look into modern bodybuilding
27 April 2014 | by coolguy1541See all my reviews

Interesting look into how things have changed in the world of bodybuilding since the cult classic Pumping Iron came out. Overall, the film was well shot and edited with a fairly in-depth look at some Mr. Olympia hopefuls. Overall the movie is more of a commercial for bodybuilding than it is a balanced documentary. However, it was definitely worth watching.

The elephant in the room is the fact that genetics, nutrition, and exercise science haven't changed enough over the past 30 years to make these guys look like something out of a comic book. They are taking steroids....lots of them. There is a plethora of medical evidence that steroids cause deleterious effects on the body, which the film acknowledges. One could argue that all professional athletes are using them, but bodybuilding is different. You HAVE to use steroids in order to compete, and there is no real effort to prevent there use. As a physician and a longtime weightlifter it pains me to see so many people pursing this hobby/sport at the expensive of their health. Most of it boils down to money for advertising and supplements.

Overall, an entertaining movie, but a painful reminder of what bodybuilding has become.

20 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »






Release Date:

20 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Génération de fer See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$245,000, 22 September 2013

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed