No wonder Arnold Schwarzenegger became both an actor and a governor as he shows in this documentary that he has always had plenty of charm and loves to be in the center of things shaking hands with anyone he meets. The movie is about seeing "The Terminator" compete against "The Incredible Hulk" in body-building events. Incredible dialogue when Arnold compares himself to sculptures and dreaming of dictators and Jesus.
Ay yi yi. I don't really understand people that want to turn themselves into a veiny sex object, but hey, to each their own. Doesn't mean I have to like it. That said, Arnold himself is an amazingly petty diva. He is the meanest of the mean girls, and I'm all about that. Lastly, fuck reality tv.
Surprisingly funny and full of insight, 'Pumping Iron' is quite an entertaining documentary into the early days of completive bodybuilding. Seeing the witty banter between contestants and the close-knit community they have amongst each other is great to see. You don't have to be into bodybuilding to enjoy this doc.
Today, this kind of material would be a candidate for reality TV; a documentary that takes its audience into a particular world & survives solely through the personalities of its central characters. Attempts to create drama by engineering rivalries between contestants appear phony since these guys look to be having fun together & very little seems at stake. At best an interesting insight into a particular subculture.
Some interesting insight into the world of bodybuilders but it mostly felt like a showcase for a young Schwarzenegger and Ferigno. Maybe this is the datedness of the movie talking, but shitty, shitty score sounded an awful lot like porn music to me. If I didn't know any better, I could've sworn Arnold and the little Italian guy were going to start going at it.
Una de las primeras aparicioners en pantalla del futuro "astro" cinematografico y racista gobernador de California Arnold Schwarzenegger, en un documental que muestra los entretelones de la edición de 1975 del famoso concurso creado por Joe Weider, "Mr. Olympia". Para asiduos lectores de revistas tipo "Muscle & Fitness" (y uno que otro puñal) este material debe resultar fascinante. Los demás, mejor vean otra cosa.