Pumping Iron II: The Women (1985)

Genres - Culture & Society, Sports & Recreation  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Gender Issues, Sports  |   Release Date - May 3, 1985 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 107 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka

After the success of his 1975 documentary on male bodybuilders, featuring the subsequently famous Arnold Schwarzenegger and Louis Ferrigno, director George Butler created this follow-up on a bevy of distaff weight lifters as they prepare for a final muscle showdown at the 1983 Caesars Palace World Championship. Interspersed with rock music are interviews with the contestants focusing on social pressures to stop bodybuilding because "it is not feminine," but also giving some details about their personal lives as well. Although their own training regimen is not discussed, nor their future plans, the contestants come across as unique, involved women and by the time they are pitted against each other on stage, most viewers will have one or two that they are cheering on to win.



weightlifting, behind-the-scenes, body-building, competition, femininity, women's-issues, women's-sports