- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 25 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: November 11, 2003
- Originally Released: 1977
- Label: HBO Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 2.0 - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Documentary: "Iron and Beyond"
- "Raw Iron: The Making of PUMPING IRON"
- "Iron Insights" (2003 In-Depth Interview With Arnold Schwarzenegger)
- Video Bio of Arnold
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"The good bodybuilders have the same mind...that a sculptor has. If you analyze it, you look in the mirror and you say, okay, I need a bit more deltoids...so that the proportion's right, and...you exercise and put those deltoids on, whereas an artist would just slap on some clay on each side."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
"Boy, that's fantastic. Fantastic. Imagine how he must feel. Incredible."
- Bodybuilder Mike Katz, learning that his rival has won the Mr. Universe competition
"I always felt my place was in America, and when I was ten years old I only dreamed of coming to America and being the greatest and being different from anybody else."
"You know Louis, you look like something Michelangelo carved out."
- Matty Ferrigno to his son
"Ive thrown up many times working out, but it's all worth it."
New York Times - 01/19/1977
"...Interesting....[Schwarzenegger] is a witty [subject]..."
USA Today - 11/14/2003
"Arnold Schwarzenegger had a magnetic screen presence from the beginning."
Documentary centering on the world of men's bodybuilding. "Pumping Iron" captures the punishing training and self-discipline it takes to transform an average body into a prize-winning specimen. The film focuses on Arnold Schwarzenegger (in his pre-movie star days) as he prepares to compete in the Mr. Olympia and Mr. Universe pageants. His main competitor: TV's "Incredible Hulk", Lou Ferrigno.
- Produced by White Mountain Films.
- Also includes appearances by Matty and Victoria Ferrigno (Lou Ferrigno's parents) and Marianne Claire.
- Shot in Venice and San Francisco, California; Brooklyn, NY; Holyoke, Massachusetts; Pretoria, South Africa.