Directed by George Butler and Robert Fiore • 1977 • United States
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno, Mike Katz
Arnold Schwarzenegger rose to mainstream prominence with his unforgettable star appearance in this supremely entertaining docudrama, which also helped popularize the once-niche world of bodybuilding. Tracing the lead-up to the 1975 Mr. Olympia competition, PUMPING IRON zooms in on the deviously charismatic Schwarzenegger as he prepares to defend his title against scrappy newcomer Lou Ferrigno. What ensues is both a fascinating, often witty glimpse into a singular subculture and a revealing look at the human beings beneath the godlike physiques.