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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 ... See full summary »

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Big Boy - Richie
John Braden ...
Colonel Davis
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Mad Dog Madison
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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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13 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Meet Me Half Way  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,057,580 (USA)
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Years later, Sylvester Stallone explained why he agreed to appear in this movie, saying, "(Producer) Menahem Golan kept offering me more and more money, until I finally thought, 'What the hell - no one will see it!'" See more »

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When Mike gets kidnapped by his grandfather's thugs, they speed away in a white pickup truck. Hawk gets in his semi and instantly catches up to them. There's no way he would have gotten the rig up to speed that quickly. Also, you can hear Mike still yelling "Dad" as if he is close by, even though the white pickup is already a half mile down the road. See more »

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Lincoln Hawk: He's staying with me! You tell him that! You tell him!
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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 »


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Take It Higher
Performed by Larry Greene
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Tom Whitlock
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
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Perhaps the finest 93 minutes of cinema ever produced
21 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie embodies all that I find amazing in a movie. Passion: about a son, a truck, and, of course, arm-wrestling. Sly Stallone deserves an exponentially increased amount of respect for writing this masterpiece. I don't understand how someone can watch this movie and fail to be entertained by the compelling plot and characters.

As a movie from the 80s, Over the Top pretty much represents everything good about the decade. Other than perhaps Rocky IV, this is definitely Stallone's best work. The man is unquestionably a genius. The only part of the movie that is a little far-fetched is when Stallone plows through his father-in-law's gates in a moment of pure man-passion. The unrealistic quality of this scene is obviously the lack of explosion when Stallone's truck hits the gates. This is also an anomaly of the 80s; I think Stallone was going for something unique in a decade of decadence, but I can only hope to comprehend the motives behind any of his films.

I would highly recommend Over the Top for anyone who enjoys classy film.


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