Pumping Iron

Pumping Iron

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Director: George Butler, Robert Fiore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno

Cast: George Butler, Robert Fiore, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno

     
 

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Arnold Schwarzenegger gained his first real notoriety outside body-building circles with this documentary about a group of men training for the Mr. Olympia contest. Arnold had already won the title six times before, and was training for his seventh victory before retiring to fully pursue his acting career (which began to catch fire with his likable turn in Stay

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Arnold Schwarzenegger gained his first real notoriety outside body-building circles with this documentary about a group of men training for the Mr. Olympia contest. Arnold had already won the title six times before, and was training for his seventh victory before retiring to fully pursue his acting career (which began to catch fire with his likable turn in Stay Hungry, released the same year) when this was shot. Here he displays an easy charm and wicked sense of humor as he plays mind games with his competitors and explains how getting pumped up for competition always reminded him of sex (which might explain why he seems so cheerful). And what is Arnold smoking in his dressing room after the contest? Future Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno is also on hand, and his fierce determination as he goes through a brutal weight lifting regimen shouting "Arnold! Arnold!" speaks both to his own desire to win and how strong a presence Schwarzenegger was in body-building at the time. You don't have to be a body building fan to enjoy Pumping Iron, though Arnold is the one contestant who shows obvious star quality.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2015
UPC:
9337369006680
Original Release:
1976
Source:
Imports
Sales rank:
11,796

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Pumping Iron 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS FILM IS ENTERTAINING, MOTIVATING AND EDUCATIONAL. IT WAS WHAT BROUGHT BODYBUILDING INTO THE MAINSTREAM. BEFORE THIS FILM, MOST AMERICANS THOUGHT THE WORLD OF BODYBUILDING WAS SOME HOMOSEXUAL SUB-CULTURE. ARNOLD AND LOU ARE GREAT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe this is the 'version' that Ahnold edited after buying the rights to the film and sanitizing and politicizing it's contents. Example: no frontal nudity of California's new Governor. Find the original. As is often the case; things are not necessarily as they seem.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This documentary is extremely motivating to anyone who is in to the sport of bodybuilding and for that matter any sport. Essentially Arnold shows the mental determination to push himself further than any of the other competitors. My only recommendation though is to watch the film twice as you may feel Arnold is a bit of an arrogant bastar* the first time through. If you watch it again though you begin to realize that this attitude was necessary for him to remain the best. Overall, an excellent doc. on the Golden Age of bodybuilding. A side note: the training sequences, speeches and comedic bits are great.