PUMPING IRON (Theatrical Release USA 1977)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.2|5.0 Starsìììì

Pumping Iron—
a documentary film—shows the close-knit camaraderie within the body building community. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, and Franco Columbu inspire respect for body building. The movie is a definite ‘must see’ for those who aspire to body building for professional competitions.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


The one hundred days leading up to competition for Mr. Olympia becomes the primary storyline in this documentary.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Directors George Butler and Robert Fiore for directing efforts. Thank you to Producers Jerome Gary and George Butler for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Himself), Lou Ferrigno (Himself), Matty Ferrigno (Himself), Victoria Ferrigno (Herself), Mike Katz (Himself), Franco Columbu (Himself), Ed Corney (Himself), Ken Waller (Himself), Serge Nubret (Himself), Robbie Robinson (Himself), Marianne Claire (Herself), Frank Zane (Himself), David DuPress (Himself), Eddie Giuliani (Himself), Danny Padilla (Himself), Denny Gable (Himself), Roger Callard (Himself), Paul Grant (Himself), Bill Grant (Himself), John Isaacs (Himself), and Narrator (voice of Charles Gaines).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. The documentary gets down to the heart of the discipline, what makes it work, and how to work it.

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