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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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The company builds cars and destroys men. See more »

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10 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Avdelning 291 - Detroit  »

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The movie was the second of four written by brothers Paul Schrader and Leonard Schrader. The others were The Yakuza (1974), Old Boyfriends (1979) and Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985). Paul dedicated The Walker (2007) to Leonard after his death. 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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Hard Workin Man
Music by Jack Nitzsche
Lyrics by Jack Nitzsche, Ry Cooder and Paul Schrader
Performed by Captain Beefheart
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Pryor does his thing.
9 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was extremely impressed with the acting of the 3 main characters(Pryor, Kotto, and Keitel). Since I grew up in Detroit and my Dad and uncles worked for the big 3 the Auto Industry angle caught me. In the scene where Keitel was on the Belle Isle Bridge, I spotted in the background the Uniroyal Tire Company, where my Grandad worked for over 40 years. Yet Pryor's performance was terrific. The scene with the IRS agent was CLASSIC and a perfect example of blending comedy into a not so funny situation for Zeke's somewhat straight character. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and seeing some old landmarks and areas the way they were was a treat.


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