Review: ‘Stay Hungry’

Stay Hungry features an excellent Jeff Bridges as a spoiled but affable rich young Alabama boy who slums his way to maturity through relationships with street-smart characters.

Stay Hungry features an excellent Jeff Bridges as a spoiled but affable rich young Alabama boy who slums his way to maturity through relationships with street-smart characters.

Bridges gets involved in a big urban real estate scheme with Joe Spinell and cohorts, all buying up small plots for a major development. But R.G. Armstrong’s second-rate gym can’t be had, so Bridges decides to infiltrate.

There he falls for Sally Field and also is exposed to the barbell denizens who include real-life bodybuilding champ Arnold Schwarzenegger, good-natured staffer Robert Englund, uptight ladies instructor Helena Kallianiotes and amiable attendant Roger E. Mosely.

All these characters conflict with Bridges’ family and social circle. But underneath it all is a lurching and poorly defined film concept.

Stay Hungry

Production

United Artists. Director Bob Rafelson; Producer Harold Schneider; Screenplay Charles Gaines, Bob Rafelson; Camera Victor Kemper; Editor John F. Link II; Music Bruce Langhorne; Art Director Toby Carr Rafelson

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 102 MIN.

With

Jeff Bridges Sally Field Arnold Schwarzenegger R.G. Armstrong Robert Englund Helena Kallianiotes
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