Jeff Bridges (Seabiscuit) is at his best (The Village Voice), Academy AwardÂ(r) winner* Sally Field (Forrest Gump) is a revelation (New York Post) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (The Terminator) radiates assurance and appe... more »al (The Wall Street Journal) in this inventive (Time) and upbeat film (Gene Siskel), for which he won a coveted 1977 Golden Globe.** Directed by Bob Rafelson (The Postman Always Rings Twice) from a screenplayby Charles Gaines and Rafelson, Stay Hungry is obviously the work of a master you'll have areal good time (CBS-TV)! When entrepreneur Craig Blake (Bridges) buys a small gym, he fully expects to demolish the place to make room for a high rise. Instead, he finds himself drawn into a world he never knew existed. From a perky gymnast (Field) who wears her heart on her leotard to a philosophizing Mr. Universe hopeful (Schwarzenegger), the freewheeling spirit of the gym touches Craig in a way he never expectedand plunges him into a hilarious off-the-wall plot to stop his high rise from ever rising! *Actress: Places in the Heart (1984); Norma Rae (1979) **Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture« less
Interesting Minor Film With Arnold Schwarzenegger!
Barron Laycock | Temple, New Hampshire United States | 07/14/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For a film with the kind of ensemble star power that this art-film had, one woul d be surprised to find that it also was the first serious role for future mega-star Arnold Schwarzenegger, playing a suprisingly articulate and overwhelmingly personally irresistable bodybuilder, in essence, himself. yet this first attempt at serious acting was with the support of Jeff Bridges and Sally Field, both with big reputations , and also from famed director Bob Rafelson, who has done a lot of stellar work. The plot is a bit silly and contrived; Bridges plays a down on his luck good ole boy, who tries unsuccesfully at first to ploy his charm into talking the owner of a small and musty gym into relinquishing his lease so Bridges' shady real estate partners can go ahead with a big down-town development. The problem is that Bridges begins to empathize with and befriend this motley crew of off-beat character, including the ever-smiling and instantly likeable Arnold, who shows himself to be quite adept at handling a fiddle. And incidentally, that really is him playing as the film cranks away. The film never saw wide distribution, but is quite interesting because of who was in it as well as for some of the connections hovering just below the surface. The screen writer was also the author of the original novel, a guy named Charles Gaines, who had gone on to later co-author the smash best selling book, "Pumping Iron", whose primary focus of interest was, of course, Arnold Schwarzenegger. This is a good movie for a rainy afternoon, sweet and sentimental in all the right places, if somewhat insubstantial. Think of it as "Going My Way" on steroids! I think you'll be surprised how much you like it, in spite of some hokey moments. Enjoy!"
You can't grow without burning
Peter J. Raia-jr | Lodi, New Jersey United States | 01/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To begin, I'm a life-long bodybuilder and Arnold Schwarzenegger fan, so, although he's strictly a co-star in this, I'm obviously biased. That being said, however, I absolutely LOVE this movie all around! One of my favorite parts is the way some of the very best advice I've ever heard on friendships and relationships in general is dispensed throughout the film at times you didn't even realize you were learning something. Examples: Joe Santo (Arnold) is putting Craig Blake (Jeff Bridges) through a workout and advising him, "You can't grow without burning!", and we come to realize just how profound that was when Joe repeats those words as the two dispute just why Mary Tate Farnsworth (Sally Field) left Joe for Craig. Also, there's Craig's uncle Albert, whose voice is heard previously at times reading letters to Craig, telling him, "It doesn't matter what you do, as long as you do something, and do it unsparingly.". Again, awesome movie. I've worn out two videos of it thusfar, having watched it so many times. Time to get ANOTHER one..."
Deceptive Marketing of Film
David Baldwin | Philadelphia,PA USA | 02/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you were to take the packaging of "Stay Hungry" at face value you would think that the film is primarily a body-building film and that Arnold Schwarzenegger is the film's star. Nothing could be further from the truth. The film's main focus is about a recently orphaned rich kid(Jeff Bridges)from Birmingham,Alabama who along with his business partners is trying to buy a gym so they can tear it down and build apartments. These plans fall along the wayside when he falls for the gym's cute gymnast(Sally Field) and developes a friendship with the champion bodybuider(Schwarzenegger).This film takes a while to warm to because of it's unique rhythms. Bridges' character isn't an easy one to warm to because he seems a little self-absorbed and impulsive. That said, credit director Bob Rafelson for taking difficult material and making it interesting. As for Arnold's performance, he's very charismatic and has little trouble tackling the dramatic elements required of him. It's a wonder he didn't attempt more challenging roles in his career as opposed to the action parts that he churned out. Plus, he plays a mean fiddle."
Not even worth it for a HUGE Arnold fan like myself
Superman | 08/02/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Arnold is classic early Arnold in this. The book is apparently pretty close to the movie, and so necessitated a scene near the end where all the bodybuilders - many of them real-life big names of the 70's - running through the streets and flexing for random people while they supposedly looked for Sally Field's character who was being assaulted in the gym. Jeff Bridges carries the movie - if you can call it that. His character is central and stands as the protagonist among many antagonists."
Good ol' day's
C. Robinson | BRIDGEPORT, CT United States | 04/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great film for any Arnold fan to add to his/her collection. It is just a fun film to watch and get a good laugh at how we all were back then, you know what I'm talking about, and if you don't , well then I suggest you buy this!"