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Generation Iron (2013)

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

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Vlad Yudin

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Vlad Yudin
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Cast

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

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

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Железное поколение See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$245,000, 22 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$849,521, 13 December 2013
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Double Life
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Surprisingly entertaining for someone who's not a fan of bodybuilding
22 January 2015 | by maverick494See all my reviews

The look of the modern day bodybuilder is not attractive to me at all. Too big, too cut, too tan, just too much of a good thing to the point where it becomes a bad thing. I never understood why in the world anyone would want to pump themselves up into something that huge. This documentary does a really good job in showing the human side behind such an extreme sport. It chronicles the journey of a handful of Mr.Olympia hopefuls and why they do it.

You get to see pieces of their lives, the way they prep, they way they interact with their families if they have them, or how they spend time on their own if they don't. The contrast between all these men defies the bodybuilder stereotype. One is a painter (a damn good one at that) in his free time and sort of a philosopher, the other is no-nonsense and uses science lab equipment to track and map out his progress, etc. Everyone has a story and it's nice to see a human side to the sport, when the contenders all have a physique that separates them from most of the population. The whole reason behind those seemingly ridiculous poses and the tan is explained too in a sensible way.

It's an interesting peek in an industry that's not very mainstream. The more controversial topics like steroids are barely touched upon, and I liked that. This documentary is about the people more than anything. Mickey Rourke's narration is very fitting as well.


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