Pumping Iron: A Review

PumpingIronDirected By: George Butler, Robert Fiore
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Status: Released

In 1977, an independent documentary shone a light on the world of Bodybuilding. Taking place around the time of the 1975 Mr. Olympia bodybuilding championship at Gold’s Gym, the film documents 5 Time Mr. Olympia champion Arnold Schwarzenegger (a virtual unknown at the time) and follows him as he competes for his 6th title against the likes of Lou Ferrigno.

I thought this was a very well done film, After seeing it, I could definitely see how it cemented Schwarzenegger’s status as a big screen icon, effectively jumpstarting his career in cinema. Lou Ferrigno would go on after this film to star in The Incredible Hulk TV Series which made him an icon in his own right, the way these people trained was intense and the dedication they had showed how badly they wanted the title. All in all an amazing film well worth watching

Clip: “Official Trailer” courtesy LionsgateVOD:

My Rating: 5/5 Stars


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