In 1977, an independent documentary movie shone a light on the world of bodybuilding, becoming a huge box office hit and creating an international sensation. It launched one man’s multi-million dollar career and changed the world of bodybuilding and physical exercise forever: Pumping Iron.
Starring five-time Mr. Olympia, Arnold Schwarzenegger, this documentary movie followed the 28-year old bodybuilder as he competed for his 6th title.
Arnold Schwarzenegger works the crowds, plots strategies for defeating multiple opponents, shares his parents’ values with the press, and inspires legions of admirers with his resolute optimism about the future.
Larger than life, though not necessarily larger than his rivals for the Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia bodybuilding titles (especially a young Lou Ferrigno, hot on Arnold’s competitive trail but much less interesting), Schwarzenegger still comes across, at age 28, as a consummate politician, smart, likable, and crafty about exploiting others’ psychological weaknesses.