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Blue Collar (1978)

Three workers, Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel) and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night when they steal away from their... See full summary »

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Zeke
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Jerry
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Bobby Joe
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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 (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel) and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), 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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Crime | Drama

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10 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Akkord am Fließband  »

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According to Yaphet Kotto, the only problem he had with Richard Pryor was that Pryor would improvise frequently causing Kotto to lose his place. See more »

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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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Referenced in A Decade Under the Influence (2003) See more »

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Written by Willie Dixon
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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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