Entertaining, well made documentary on the sport of body building (circa mid 1970s) focusing in
particular on then 28 year old Arnold Schwarzenegger, who can be charming, funny, and as when
he’s explaining his admiration for dictators in his Germanic accent (“People remember them”) or
playing psych-out mind games on his so-called best friend, but also rival, before a competition –
he can be more than a bit creepy and disturbing.
While always enjoyable, and fascinating for where Arnold’s life led him after this film made him a
star, it’s not a super deep or moving documentary. Its too lightweight,repetitive and self-conciously
funky for that, along with the fact that sections are admittedly semi-staged for the cameras.
But if it’s not quite a great film, its certainly a good time.