Mister Universum (1976)

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Mister Universum: Directed by Bob Rafelson. With Jeff Bridges, Sally Field, Arnold Schwarzenegger, R.G. Armstrong. So-called ‘special agent’ infiltrates into the gym, which is targeted by a dirty business fraud.

“I stumbled across this movie on the UKu0026#39;s little-watched TV network Channel 5. Initially intrigued by the idea of seeing Arnold Schwarzeneggeru0026#39;s screen debut, I was quickly engrossed in this excellent and almost unknown film and the way in which the disparate characters inter-relate over the course of the story. The film manages to appear beguilingly simple and yet it deals with such issues as class, aspiration, loyalty, identity and love.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe way in which all the characters slowly but surely reveal their flaws and weaknesses is quite brilliant. Stand-out scenes include Arnieu0026#39;s bodybuilder character playing the fiddle (yes, the fiddle!) with a bunch of hillbillies out in the woods, Jeff Bridgesu0026#39; drunken jig, and the sight of about a hundred pumped-up bodybuilders running almost naked through rush hour traffic, which for me is one of the classic and most unexpected comic moments in cinema.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI may think more of this film because I u0026#39;discoveredu0026#39; it almost by chance, but I will always see it as an underrated classic and I urge everyone to seek it out.”


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