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Pumping Iron II: The Women (1985)

Judges and bodybuilders (Rachel McLish, Bev Francis, Carla Dunlap) try to define femininity at the 1983 world championship, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

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George Butler

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George Butler (book), George Butler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bev Francis Bev Francis ... Herself
Rachel McLish ... Herself
Lori Bowen Rice Lori Bowen Rice ... Herself (as Lori Bowen)
Carla Dunlap Carla Dunlap ... Herself
Steve Michalik Steve Michalik ... Himself
Steve Weinberger Steve Weinberger ... Himself
Randy Rice Randy Rice ... Himself
Kris Alexander Kris Alexander ... Herself
Sherry Atton Sherry Atton ... Herself
Lori Birdsong Lori Birdsong ... Herself
Seliha Chamberlain Seliha Chamberlain ... Herself
Lydia Cheng Lydia Cheng ... Herself
Carolyn Cheshire Carolyn Cheshire ... Herself
Shelly Gruwell Shelly Gruwell ... Herself
Gladys Portugues ... Herself
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Storyline

"Pumping Iron," the film that turned the obscure sport of male bodybuilding into an overnight phenomenon and made Arnold Schwarzenegger a star, broke the ground. Now, experience PUMPING IRON II: THE WOMEN, a film that is changing the way the world views the female physique-creating "a new definition of the female form." Join four women as they prepare for the 1983 Caesars Palace World Cup Championship: the sultry and curvaceous Rachel McLish, the current champion; the almost manly, super-muscular Bev Francis, Rachel's toughest competition; and newcomers Lori Bowen and Carla Dunlap. Four women who have devoted their lives to the pursuit of their conception of the "perfect" female form, spending grueling hours torturing themselves on Nautilus machines and browning themselves under tanning lamps. Learn their personal struggles and public triumphs that make up their unique world as they struggle both with their bodies' limitations and the world's limitations on what that body ought to ... Written by Anonymous

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A Story of Strength, Desire, Courage... and a New Definition of Woman.

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Documentary | Sport

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kulturystki See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$628,050

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$628,050
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Don't Mess With Me (A.K.A. Play To Win)
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Complexity
28 November 2005 | by baku_eater_of_DreamsSee all my reviews

helpless_dancer illustrates how incapable most of us are at actually looking into complex issues and understanding people other than ourselves. The women in Pumping Iron 2 are confusing at times, and a couple of them do seem more than a bit nutty, but reducing the issues at hand to the kind of ignorant, simple-minded derision that helpless_dancer deals in, is unfair to the women in the film and female bodybuilders in general. I don't understand them either, but calling them freaks is grade-school bigotry. The film itself is also, unfortunately, not up to the task, and spends much of its time trying to squeeze out some T&A from them. It does give the women an opportunity to speak for themselves from time to time, and their articulacy is often illuminating.


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