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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
Lane Smith ...
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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Whatever became of the "American Dream"? See more »

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Avdelning 291 - Detroit  »

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Trivia

According to Yaphet Kotto, he played his character as "an Italian in black skin". Kotto figured that Richard Pryor represented the "black" character so Kotto based his performance on an Italian-American childhood friend. See more »

Goofs

When Zeke is called into the office after mouthing off to the shop foreman, the three other characters take a seat at the table but Zeke is standing. Behind him, the office door is partially open. In the next shot, the door is now closed. 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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References Paradise Valley (1934) See more »

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Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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It's Well Worth Your Time.
31 July 2003 | by (Nashville, TN) – See all my reviews

Excellent urban drama depicting the lives of three friends who work at a car plant, and plan revenge on their boss. Pryor is great in the lead role, which is probably his best performance in a movie. Schrader does a fine job in his directorial debut and makes this film a pure enjoyment. Bravo for Keitel and Kotto in their supporting roles. A highly underrated film that deserves much better than it got.

4 out of 5


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