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George Butler, Robert Fiore

Pumping Iron

86' - 1977 - Documentary, Sport - Dialogue: English
Director: George Butler, Robert Fiore Composer: Michael Small With: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Matty Ferrigno
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. The 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.

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George Butler, Robert Fiore


Michael Small


Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Matty Ferrigno


George Butler

Director of Photography

Robert Fiore


Geof Bartz, Lawrencre Silk


George Butler, Jerome Gary

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Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

"Pumping Iron: The Art and Sport of Bodybuilding" (George Butler & Charles Gaines)



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