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Over the Top (1987)

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Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to win back his son and triumph at the world arm wrestling championship.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris McCarty ...
Bob Beattie ...
Collins (as Alan Graf)
Bruce Way ...
Jimmy Keegan ...
Big Boy - Richie
John Braden ...
Colonel Davis
Tony Munafo ...
Randy Raney ...
Mad Dog Madison


Lincoln Hawk (Stallone) is a struggling trucker who arm wrestles on the side to make extra cash while trying to rebuild his life. After the death of his wife, he tries to make amends with his son who he left behind 10 years earlier. Upon their first meeting, his son does not think too highly of him until he enters the World Arm Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas. His hope is to receive the grand prize of $100,000 and an expensive current custom semi-truck and thus start his own trucking company. Written by Ryan Harder <hotshotharder@hotmail.com>

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Lincoln Hawk will fight for his son the only way he knows how. See more »


Action | Drama | Sport


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Release Date:

13 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Meet Me Half Way  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)


$16,057,580 (USA)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The truck was a 1967 autocar model a64 three trucks were purchased from a local logging company and used in the film See more »


When Mike takes the white pick-up and stops at the stop sign his window is rolled down and when he takes off, his window is rolled up. See more »


Bob 'Bull' Hurley: I drive truck, break arms, and arm wrestle. It's what I love to do, it's what I do best. Being number one is everything. There is no second place. Second sucks.
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Crazy Credits

An odd prop, specifically a "bucking bicycle" was used in the film. This bicycle was built by Terry Teene, writer and singer of the early 1960s monster parody song "Curse of the Hearse". See more »


The Fight
Performed, Written & Produced by Giorgio Moroder
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli (uncredited)
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Am I delirious or is this an alright flick?
28 December 2001 | by (Minneapolis, Minnesota USA) – See all my reviews

I recently remembered seeing this film when I was much younger and liking it. When I checked it out on IMDb, I was quite disturbed. Why in the world would I like this weird, arm wrestling movie with Sylvester Stallone? So I rented it again to see why I had liked it as a kid or to see if I had been delirious when I first saw it. The strange thing is, even though it is not at all my type of movie, I still really enjoyed it. I've heard that the kid is a bad actor and all, but I really don't think he is. Maybe I'm still delirious, but I thought the movie was pretty darn heart warming.

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