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Stay Hungry is a 1976 dramatic comedy film by director Bob Rafelson from a screenplay by Charles Gaines. The story centers on a young Birmingham, Alabama, scion, played by Jeff Bridges, who gets involved in a shady real-estate deal. In order to close the deal, he needs to buy a gym building to complete a multi-parcel lot. When he visits the gym, however, he finds himself romantically interested in the receptionist (Sally Field) and drawn to the carefree lifestyle of the Austrian body builder "Joe Santo" (Arnold Schwarzenegger) who is training there for the Mr. Universe competition.

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  1. Charles Gaines

    Novel, Screenplay

  2. Bob Rafelson

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Jeff Bridges

    Jeff Bridges

    Craig Blake

  2. Sally Field

    Sally Field

    Mary Tate Farnsworth

  3. Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    Joe Santo

  4. R. G. Armstrong

    R. G. Armstrong

    Thor Erickson

  5. Robert Englund

    Robert Englund


  6. HK

    Helena Kallianiotes


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 42m

Budget $5,000,000.00

Revenue $24,854,765.00

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  • April 23, 1976



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