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Stay Hungry (1976)

Stay Hungry




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In this offbeat comedy, Jeff Bridges plays Craig Blake, a rich kid who works with a group of hard-living Southern real-estate men led by Jabo (Joe Spinell), who are buying up a business district in Birmingham, Alabama in order to clear the space and put in a new project. Craig is supposed to work out a deal to buy the Olympic Spa, a gym popular with local weight-lifters, but after spending some time at the club, Craig finds himself fascinated with the people there, especially Joe Santo (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a world-class body builder from Austria who sometimes works out in a superhero costume and likes to play bluegrass fiddle to relax. Craig also makes the acquaintance of Mary Tate Farnsworth (Sally Field), a feisty gal who hangs out with Joe. Mary Tate finds Craig attractive, but she isn't sure he's being all that sincere, and she wonders why a wealthy real estate man is hanging out with a bunch of low-rent gym rats. Stay Hungry was a critical comeback for director Bob Rafelson and kick-started the careers of both Sally Field and Arnold Schwarzenegger in their first major film roles (unless you count Arnold's misbegotten appearance as "Arnold Strong" in Hercules In New York).more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Gaines, Charles Gaines, Bob Rafelson
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 18, 2004


Jeff Bridges
as Craig Blake
Sally Field
as Mary Tate Farnsworth
R.G. Armstrong
as Thor Erickson
Woodrow Parfrey
as Craig's Uncle
Kathleen Miller
as Dorothy Stephens
Fannie Flagg
as Amy Walterson
Joanna Cassidy
as Joe Mason
Cliff Pellow
as Walter Jr.
Mayf Nutter
as Packman
Clifford A. Pellow
as Walter, Jr.
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Critic Reviews for Stay Hungry

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Underneath it all is a lurching and poorly defined film concept.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

It has its slack spells, but Rafelson's sure feel for the inexpressible subtleties of emotional relationships is evident throughout.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is the sort of movie whose vapidity is exposed as soon as the clutter is removed.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It introduces us to sharply defined, rather odd characters and then lets them mix it up. The movie is episodic, and some of the episodes are brilliant.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

[A] moody, insightful, and frequently funny film ...

Full Review… | August 9, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...if nothing else, the film is worth checking out for the sight of Arnold Schwarzenegger playing a fiddle.

Full Review… | June 6, 2004
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Audience Reviews for Stay Hungry

Originally wanted to see this movie just to see Sally Field naked, but I like most Jeff Bridges and Schwarzenegger movies too. I thought it was alright. It kept me interested the whole way through moreso than I would've thought, and Sally Field was just plain hot when she was my age...still is for her age. It was a lot of fun seeing these three when they were young. I love that it's based in Alabama too, cause that's where I've lived all my life!

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer


Good performances by Jeff and Sally and Arnold is okay, his role doesn't really require much from him. Not a great film but an okay way to spend a couple of hours.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Very good friendly comedy-drama between Jeff Bridges, Sally Field and Arnold Schwarzenegger in a small gym and it looked like they were having a good time. Bridges is the best, Field is a revelation and Schwarzenegger radiates assurance and appeal in this upbeat film.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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