The inspirational tale of the grandfathers of fitness as we now know it, Joe and Ben Weider. Facing anti-Semitism and extreme poverty, the brothers beat all odds to build an empire and inspire future generations.
Brothers Joe and Ben Weider were the architects of muscle. Against all odds, they launched an empire. Along the way they discovered Arnold Schwarzenegger, inspired female empowerment, championed diversity, and started a movement that changed the world.Written by
Steve Lee Jones
The location shot at 0:17 in the official trailer (the hillside town with the two railroad trestles spanning the river in the foreground) is Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. See more »
Stock footage of Times Square cites the year as 1970. But a theatre marquee shows "The Possession of Joel Delaney" playing -- it was released in 1972. See more »
What you do not realize is all these men want is to compete against the very best.
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A straight okay film.
Now I know about the sport of bodybuilding as I have trained in gyms in and off since the eighties and used to buy the Weider magazines.
So I was looking forward to this film to see old time bodybuilders. The film had a few in there but nothing as I thought there would be.
So the film itself was good but nothing special, I felt it played it safe, nothing controversial in it. I was waiting for a strong punchline, something that would say it was in the Raging Bull side of movies not Driving Miss Daisy side of films, it sided with the latter.
So I enjoyed but left disappointed with it.
Overall a good film but nothing special with it.
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