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Blue Collar (1978)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  10 February 1978 (USA)
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Three workers, Zeke, Jerry and Smokey, are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night when they steal away from their wives to have some fun they get the idea to ... See full summary »

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Zeke
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Jerry
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Smokey
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Bobby Joe
Harry Bellaver ...
Eddie Johnson
George Memmoli ...
Jenkins
Lucy Saroyan ...
Arlene Bartowski
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Clarence Hill
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John Burrows
Borah Silver ...
Dogshit Miller
Chip Fields ...
Caroline Brown
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Hank
Leonard Gaines ...
I.R.S. Man
Milton Selzer ...
Sumabitch
Sammy Warren ...
Barney
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Three workers, Zeke, Jerry and Smokey, are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night when they steal away from their wives to have some fun they get the idea to rob the local union's bureau safe. First they think it is a flop, because they get only 600 dollars out of it, but then Zeke realizes that they also have gotten some 'hot' material. They decide to blackmail their union. The best reason for that is the union itself. All three are provoked by the fact that the union claims to have lost 10,000 dollars by their robbery. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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The film's main poster emphasized Richard Pryor, who was the top-billed actor. Pryor was a very popular comedian in the 1970s and made a number of films during this era. The main poster featured not one but two images of Pryor's face and none of either Harvey Keitel or Yaphet Kotto. It also ran with a large-font critic's quote that was all about Pryor's performance. The movie is one of Pryor's few dramatic roles and arguably his most famous and significant. See more »

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In the bowling alley scene, Carolyn bowls a ball toward a set of only a few pins. In the next cutaway shot, all of the pins are there as the ball rolls through them. See more »

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[first lines]
Dogshit Miller: You're not double-checking the stripping. I want it tighter.
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Hard Workin Man
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Lyrics by Jack Nitzsche, Ry Cooder and Paul Schrader
Performed by Captain Beefheart
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Entertaining drama, one of the best of the 70's dramas
27 September 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Blue Collar is a breakthrough for writer Paul Schrader as a director, but also for comedian/actor Richard Pryor. Before this, he was known for his stand-up, co-writing for Blazing Saddles and once in a while comic acting role, but here he shows his true colors of being an exceptional actor of talent. Here, he plays one of 3 auto workers (including great performances by Harvey Keitel and Yaphey Kotto) who are tired of getting ripped off by there company and (surprisingly) there union. So, they fight back, with some bad results. The plot is unfolding, which helps, but it is overall the performances by the 3 leads that give this film it's gigantic kick (and what a kick). Most likely filmaker Michael Moore's favorite film ever made, but for other people it is entertaining drama nevertheless. A+


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