'Pumping Iron' | George Butler Intro | '77

'Pumping Iron' | George Butler Intro | '77

Film Society of Lincoln Center

03:36

The film that introduced the world to Arnold Schwarzenegger, this colorful look at competitive bodybuilding follows the leading contenders as they prepare to flex at the 1975 Mr. Olympia contest. In one corner is Schwarzenegger’s defending champion, a supremely confident, California-bronzed god; in the other is Lou Ferrigno, the scrappy Brooklyn up-and-comer whose trainer-stage dad is straight out of central casting. Beneath the parade of rippling muscles and oiled-up physiques, this is a classic big dog vs. underdog sports story, with the alternately charming and Machiavellian future Governator perfectly cast as the man you love to hate. Don’t miss classic footage of him chilling out with a joint!


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