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Blue Collar (1978)

R  |   |  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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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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It was a very tense shoot because the three lead actors, Richard Pryor, Yaphet Kotto and Harvey Keitel argued constantly. There were fights, verbal abuse, walk-offs and Mexican stand-offs. According to Paul Schrader, Pryor punched Keitel and hit Kotto with a chair during filming. See more »


When Jerry, Zeke and Smoky are casing the union hall, Jerry asks "Who is in the Buick?" The car he is looking at is a Pontiac. See more »


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A seriously underrated movie. One of the last Hollywood movies exploring the lives of the working class.
30 December 2002 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

Paul Schrader is often overshadowed by his more famous collaborator Martin Scorsese, which is a shame, because despite Schrader's own movies being wildly uneven, when they are good they are very good indeed. 'Blue Collar' is one of his very best works. A funny, sad and powerful look at three working class guys in a Detroit car factory, it is one of the last Hollywood movies to seriously look at your average working joe and the problems he faces on a daily basis. The three leads are all wonderful, and despite rumoured off screen problems, show a lot of genuine rapport and comaraderie. Harvey Keitel ('Mean Streets', 'Bad Lieutenant') is one of the finest actors of his generation, and Yaphet Koto ('Alien', 'Live And Let Die') is a well respected character actor, but the revelation here is funny man Richard Pryor ('Silver Streak') who displays a depth of talent few would have thought him capable of. The three buddies are joined by a first class supporting cast including Lane Smith ('Over The Edge'), Cliff De Young ('The Hunger') and George Memmoli ('The Phantom Of The Paradise'). Also keep an eye out for a brief cameo by future 'Repo Man' star Tracey Walter, who Schrader also used in a bit part in his next movie 'Hardcore'. 'Blue Collar' is a fine movie, one of the most underrated of the 1970s, and still relevant and powerful twenty five years later. Don't miss it.

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