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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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Avdelning 291 - Detroit  »

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Trivia

According to Paul Schrader, when he pitched to an executive that the film was about two black workers and one white, the executive replied "You mean two white and one black, don't you"? 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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18 June 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first caught sight of this at 1am, in the usual late night films that normally send you straight off to sleep. Not this film. I was still awake at 2.30 when it ended.

Richard Pryor deserves more credit for this role than he has received. By that I mean he's received no credit for a great performance and just shows that the man had more talent than was given credit. I urge any person thinking of a union career to watch this and then do the opposite of the characters.

A gritty union drama that you can't stop watching from beginning to end.


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