Stay Hungry

Overview

In this offbeat comedy, Jeff Bridges plays Craig Blake, a rich kid who works with a group of hard-living Southern real-estate men led by Jabo Joe Spinell, who are buying up a business district in Birmingham, Alabama in order to clear the space and put in a new project. Craig is supposed to work out a deal to buy the Olympic Spa, a gym popular with local weight-lifters, but after spending some time at the club, Craig finds himself fascinated with the people there, especially Joe Santo Arnold Schwarzenegger, a ...
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Overview

In this offbeat comedy, Jeff Bridges plays Craig Blake, a rich kid who works with a group of hard-living Southern real-estate men led by Jabo Joe Spinell, who are buying up a business district in Birmingham, Alabama in order to clear the space and put in a new project. Craig is supposed to work out a deal to buy the Olympic Spa, a gym popular with local weight-lifters, but after spending some time at the club, Craig finds himself fascinated with the people there, especially Joe Santo Arnold Schwarzenegger, a world-class body builder from Austria who sometimes works out in a superhero costume and likes to play bluegrass fiddle to relax. Craig also makes the acquaintance of Mary Tate Farnsworth Sally Field, a feisty gal who hangs out with Joe. Mary Tate finds Craig attractive, but she isn't sure he's being all that sincere, and she wonders why a wealthy real estate man is hanging out with a bunch of low-rent gym rats. Stay Hungry was a critical comeback for director Bob Rafelson and kick-started the careers of both Sally Field and Arnold Schwarzenegger in their first major film roles unless you count Arnold's misbegotten appearance as "Arnold Strong" in Hercules In New York.
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Stay Hungry is a small, quirky film about a rich Alabama heir whose real estate dealings cause him to hook up with a group of bodybuilders. Played by Jeff Bridges, the protagonist falls in love with their lifestyle and with a working-class woman played by Sally Field, three years before her surprising turn as the working-class union organizer in Norma Rae. Writer-director Bob Rafelson's attraction to this kind of offbeat character study was recognizable in such previous films as Five Easy Pieces and The King of Marvin Gardens. Stay Hungry features Arnold Schwarzenegger in his first, thickly accented speaking role, as an ace bodybuilder who likes to play bluegrass fiddle. In her first major film role, Field tried to alter her saccharine image, based on her part in TV's The Flying Nun, by doing a nude scene. A stew of observations about class, romance, and physical appearance, Stay Hungry is based on a novel by Charles Gaines and is definitely a matter of taste.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2004
  • UPC: 883904128489
  • Original Release: 1976
  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeff Bridges Craig Blake
Sally Field Mary Tate Farnsworth
Arnold Schwarzenegger Joe Santo
R.G. Armstrong Thor Erickson
Robert Englund Franklin
Helena Kallianiotes Anita
Roger E. Mosley Newton
Woodrow Parfrey Craig's Uncle
Scatman Crothers Butler
Kathleen Miller Dorothy Stephens
Fannie Flagg Amy Walterson
Joanna Cassidy Joe Mason
Richard Gilliland Hal Foss
Ed Begley Jr. Lester
John Carson Halsey
Dennis Fimple Bubba
Mayf Nutter Packman
Clifford A. Pellow Walter, Jr.
Joe Spinell Jabo
Roger Callard Himself
Laura Hippe
Technical Credits
Bob Rafelson Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Byron Berline Score Composer
Charles Gaines Screenwriter
Michael Haley Asst. Director
Victor J. Kemper Cinematographer
Bruce Langhorne Score Composer
John F. Link Editor
Nancy McArdle Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Toby Carr Rafelson Production Designer
Harold Schneider Producer
Barry Thomas Sound/Sound Designer
Bob Westmoreland Makeup
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