Stay Hungry

Synopsis: A syndicate wants to buy a whole district to rebuild it. They've bought every house except the small gym "Olympic", where Mr. Austria Joe Santo prepares for the Mr. Universum championships a month ahead. The rich sunny-boy Craig Blake is brought in by the syndicate as a dummy to buy the gym. But then he starts to like the people and falls in love with Joe's friend Marie-Tate.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Bob Rafelson
Production: MGM
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
102 min

My dear Craig...

it has been five months

since your father...

and my beloved sister...



there is no time limit...

on grief...

and sorrow.

I know you have expressed


about the steel business...

but perhaps

this is the time...

to seek the comforts

of your tradition.

You are young

and particularly vulnerable...

now that your parents are dead.

Come work with me.

I have heard you are involved...

in some real estate venture.

Is this the time to divorce

yourself from family?

To take up

with unsavory strangers?

You are, after all, a Blake.


Iet me hear from you.

Fondest regards...

Uncle Albert.

I'll bet you 50

I can beat you to the meeting.

Double it for 100.

We don't want to keep

that Blake boy waiting.

I'm in.

We jumping reds, Jabo?

I see a piece of pelt

I'd like to jump over here.

If I'm lying, I'm dying.

Look out, y'all,

I'm hot as fire...

and I'm burning up Birmingham.

You're standing still,


Blink once,

you're gonna miss me.

Now, boys, well,

you can read 'em and weep...

'cause the Hueytown Flash

has arrived.

Well, we're nearly home then.

Two more pieces of property...

we have the whole block

sewed up.

What'd you finally get

that tailor down to, Walter Jr.?

$35,000 on a refinance.

Like talking to a mule,

that old man...

but he come to see the light.

That's fine as wine.

How you coming, Hal?

Still working on it.

Now, Craig,

this last piece of property...

Iooks like

you'll have to buy it..

since you the only one left

without his name on some paper.

Like you say,

I'll just go on over yonder...

and make that boy an offer

right down around his ankles.

Yeah, you do that, boy...

and if he don't buy it...

you move up around his knees.

Sh*t. We don't need

to tell you nothing.

You'll charm that dude blind.

Isn't that right, fellas?

Gimme ten, Mr. Blake.

They made enough on that

Pell City deal to buy Alabama.

We're lucky

they let us in on this thing.


They're the lucky ones.

Now, look.

Just keep it simple.

Just go down and buy the place.

The corporation buys it back,

and we own the block.

We build the biggest

office high-rise in the city.

I know how it works.

My great grandfather

built this town...

by eating guys like that

for breakfast.

Wasn't this your father's car?

Yeah. I figured

it needed a little air.

Are you sure

you're OK up there alone?

Yeah, I'm sure.

I'll see you

at the club on Saturday.

I got the court for 10:00.

Good. See you there.

You'd better put your top up.

Welcome to the Olympic.

I'm Mary Tate Farnsworth,


Honey, I don't think you should

hang upside down anymore.

Welcome to the Olympic.

I'm Mary Tate--


I'm just here to look around.

Well, just take them steps.

Thank you.

You a businessman?

You got it.

- Hiya. I'm Franklin Coates.

- Craig Blake.

- Show you around the place?

- Sure.

Mr. Walker, keep leaning

on that barrel there.

Just ease back on it.

That's my man.

Right this way.

Now, this is the studio.

Over here,

we got massage and rays.

Hey, Newton.

This way.

This pool is kept at 110 degrees

at all times.

It's got herbs in it.

Kills crabs, does it?


Oh, yeah.

Gain, reduce, or tone.

See, we're supposed

to put you on a program.

Is the guy on the sign

on a program?

Joe Santo?

Mr. Austria?

You can bet your ass

he don't need no program.

Well, neither do l.

What time did--

Excuse me, Mister...

- Blake.

- Thor Erikson.

- How you do, Mr. Erikson?

- Just call me Thor.

There's some

builders and lifters...

who work out at

00 to 8:00 at night.

That's what I was

trying to tell him, Thor.

I was explaining--

Mr. Erikson--

That's their time, now.

They're not your kind of folks.

Them boys are rough as a cob.

What line are you in, Mister...

Blake. I'm a businessman.

A man of decision. Real estate.

Relax there.

Get the most for the least.

Know what I mean?

You look in pretty good shape.

I was taking a little look

at your place here and...

I might could get excited

about something like this.

How much do you want for it?

Turn around.

Dear Uncle Albert, I recognize

that I am involved...

with unorthodox business people.

As you advised,

I am proceeding cautiously.

Business causes tension.

But as you would expect...


Sincerely, Craig.

Whoa, whoa. Hey, hey.

You hold it right there.

- Right there on that spot.

- Hey, it's all right.

He was up here

a couple of days ago...

and Thor says it's OK.

Did you eat yet?

I had a little lunch.

What you trying to say?

Thor didn't tell me

nothing about it.

Well, he told me.

It's better if you don't have

nothing on your stomach.


Better not be no spy, say l!

Better not be no spy!

Better not be no spy, I say!

Newton, please.

What's this contest?

Mr. Universe next month.

Thor's been

saving Joe up for it.

He don't want

the wrong people seeing him...

or wouldn't nobody enter.

Are you his trainer?

I'm his grease man.

Oil him up before exhibition.

Oh. Well...

You call lifting them

itty-bitty things working out?

I think the man is doing fine,

just fine.

I've been watching him now

for a while...

and he's really moving big.

He moves like

he used to play hockey.

Hey, Franklin, ask him

if he used to play hockey.

You play hockey?

Tell Batman it was lacrosse...

but I can see

how he got confused.

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Charles Gaines

Charles Latham Gaines, Jr. (born January 6, 1942) is an American writer and outdoorsman, notable for numerous works in both the fiction and non-fiction genres. His writing most typically concerns the outdoors sports of fishing in general and fly fishing in particular, as well as upland bird hunting and mountaineering, often with an intellectual and philosophical bent, and an eye towards the various cultures and traditions surrounding different forms of fishing around the world. In addition to his outdoors writings, Gaines covered the "Golden Age" of professional bodybuilding and is the author of Pumping Iron, considered the definitive journalistic work in that field, and credited in large part for bringing greater public awareness to what was formerly a little-known subculture, as well as helping to launch the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger. Gaines also narrated and contributed to the documentary film of the same name. Gaines is active in the conservation movement and in particular the stewardship of the North American Atlantic Salmon fisheries. He has served on the board of directors of the Atlantic Salmon Federation. more…

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