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Pumping Iron (1977)

From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Himself
Lou Ferrigno ... Himself (as Louis Ferrigno)
Matty Ferrigno Matty Ferrigno ... Himself
Victoria Ferrigno Victoria Ferrigno ... Herself
Mike Katz Mike Katz ... Himself
Franco Columbu ... Himself
Ed Corney ... Himself
Ken Waller Ken Waller ... Himself
Serge Nubret Serge Nubret ... Himself
Robbie Robinson Robbie Robinson ... Himself (as Robin Robinson)
Marianne Claire Marianne Claire ... Herself
Frank Zane ... Himself
David DuPree David DuPree ... Himself
Eddie Giuliani Eddie Giuliani ... Himself (as Eddie Juliani)
Danny Padilla Danny Padilla ... Himself
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Storyline

From Gold's Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this part-scripted, part-documentary film. Five-time champion Arnold Schwarzenegger defends his Mr. Olympia title against Serge Nubret and the shy young deaf Lou Ferrigno, whose father is his coach; the ruthless champ psyches out the young lion. Sardinian Franco Columbu competes in the lightweight class; at home in Italy he solves a tight parking problem by lifting the car into place. Joe Weider is the marketer; Mike Katz and Ken Waller go for the title of Mr. Universe. Bodybuilding and a celebrity-to-be go mainstream. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Documentary | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 June 1977 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Pumping Iron See more »

Filming Locations:

Sardinia, Italy See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Several scenes were shot at Mountain Park, an amusement park in Holyoke, Massachusetts, which for many years hosted east coast bodybuilding championship in their "Clambake Pavilion." See more »

Quotes

Ken Waller: You know I don't worry about Mike Katz anyway. There's only one guy I worry about and that is Robbie.
Ken Waller: He's good but he lacks too many things. His arms aren't big enough to match his chest.
Robbie Robinson: Right.
Ken Waller: His thighs are too big for his calves.
Robbie Robinson: Right.
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Crazy Credits

Our thanks to: Protection by "Chula" See more »

Connections

Featured in 20 to 1: Blockbuster Heroes (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Pumping Iron Song
Music and Lyrics by Michael Small
Sung by Joey Ward
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Motivates You to Lift
31 March 2003 | by rjflan99See all my reviews

This movie, plain and simple, motivates you to hit the weightroom. After seeing Arnie, Lou, and Franco firing out a couple of sets of weights, it makes you want to get your buff on. Whenever, I'm feeling exceedingly lazy yet I know that I need to go to the gym, I'll just pop this movie in for about 10-15 minutes, and I'm ready to lift.


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