Friday, January 30, 2015

Pumping Iron (1977)

Director(s): George Butler, Robert Fiore. 85 min. Rated PG. Documentary.

The documentary that later put Arnold on the map (in lieu of a total talent void) as his era's most famous movie star. But the film has an additional interesting element in the form of Lou Ferrigno, also later renown as TV's Incredible Hulk, an underdog hoping to beat Arnold in his seventh and last bidding for Body Building Championship. Compared to nowadays, the documentary offers little introspection into the athletes' lives (some moments were later found to be staged), but it does picture Arnold as a shrewd businessman - as he proved in the 2000s to succeed as the Governator.

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