Let's get this straight,the opening scene does not show Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno in a dance studio,it shows Arnold and Franco Columbu being given posing tips from a prolific ballerina.
This movie was shot in 1975 and follows several World class bodybuilders preparing for the Mr.Olympia contest and also the best amateur bodybuilders preparing for the Mr.Universe,both of which were held in Pretoria,South Africa.
This is without doubt a very entertaining piece of work,although not entirely a "documentary" as many scenes were re-jigged to create more drama,and certain scenes were scripted,however,this is very engaging.Arnold comes across as witty,charming,intelligent,but also arrogant,calculating,controlling and downright wicked.Witness as he psyches out Lou Ferrigno at breakfast on the morning of the contest,and also how he discusses his best friend Franco to the interviewer.
The training scenes are great,the banter between the bodybuilders is high-spirited and the contest scenes are well shot.
All in all a very interesting and entertaining film even if you know nothing about bodybuilding.A classic.