Pumping Iron

Dir. George Butler, 1977 85 min.

From Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach California to the showdown in Pretoria, amateur and professional bodybuilders prepare for the 1975 Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe contests in this documentary film. Five-time champion Arnold Schwarzenegger defends his Mr. Olympia title against Serge Nubret and the shy young deaf Lou Ferrigno, whose father is his coach; the ruthless champ psyches out the young lion as Bodybuilding and a celebrity-to-be go mainstream. 

Q&A George Butler & Larry Silk