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Over the Top (1987)

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

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Bruce Way ...
Grizzly
Jimmy Keegan ...
Big Boy - Richie
John Braden ...
Colonel Davis
Tony Munafo ...
Tony
Randy Raney ...
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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Driving headlong towards the biggest fight of his life. See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport

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13 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Meet Me Half Way  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,057,580 (USA)
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Trivia

Rick Zumwalt, who played Bull Hurley, was actually the studio's third choice for Sylvester Stallone's rival. They originally wanted Arm Wrestling Champion Cleve Dean, but he was too massive as compared to Stallone that it wouldn't have looked believable, so they went with Professional Wrestler Ox Baker. When Baker didn't pan out, the role went to Zumwalt. See more »

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When Bull punches Hawk in the nose during their final arm wrestling match, this should have resulted in an instant disqualification. See more »

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Mad Dog Madison: I'm not so enthused about people coming up and patting me on the back saying "you're the best". I don't need people to do that to me. If I win, its because I wanted to be the best one time in my life.
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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 »

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Gypsy Soul
Performed by Asia
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Tom Whitlock
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli (uncredited)
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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The movie that made turning your hat backwards cool!
20 March 2001 | by (Vidor, TX) – See all my reviews

I grew up on this movie. This is the first movie I ever recall watching. My grandpa has his own Tractor-Trailer and I always went with him on road trips, so I instantly fell in love with this movie when I saw the truck. Even though it's an old, beaten up, disgusting truck, I would have to say it looks pretty sweet. Lincoln Hawk, played by Sylvester Stallone, is a independent trucker just trying to put his life back together. He realized he made mistakes, and tries to reconcile with his son that he abandoned years earlier. When the boy's grandfather offers Hawk the offer of a life time, and Hawk refuses....it's very clear to him, that he has no other choice but to win, and the determination really shows. Sly acts a bit uninterested in this movie...you can see it in his eyes. Every now and then you can catch his wandering off and not paying attention. If you watch closely, some of the extras often keep there eyes on the camera, and Sly will look at them. Pretty good movie, could have been better, but it's a for sure movie to watch.


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