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Pumping Iron – The Film that Launched a National Bodybuilding Craze

In 1975, the first multi-racial sporting event ever held in South Africa, the Mr. Olympia contest, was filmed by photographer and documentary filmmaker George Butler.  That movie was Pumping Iron.  In that over a century of Apartheid was beginning to weaken, the event held historic significance. Pumping Iron was an independent film that was made and eventually released to an international audience.  Pumping Iron created a following for bodybuilding as […]

Pumping Iron - The Film that Launched a National Bodybuilding Craze