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Over the Top (1987)

PG  |   |  Action, Drama, Sport  |  13 February 1987 (USA)
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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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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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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,057,580 (USA)
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Sylvester Stallone was reportedly unhappy with the final film. In an interview with the Ain't It Cool News website, he said that if he had directed the film he would have made it with a darker tone - changing the setting to an urban environment, using scored music instead of rock songs, and making the Las Vegas finale more ominous. See more »

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When Hawk and his son are walking to the final match, the audio used for his son is from the speech he gave his Father in the scene before. He could be heard saying, "You weren't talking about me, you were talking about you," although the audio is lowered. See more »

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Bob 'Bull' Hurley: What are you doing with that guy?
Michael Cutler: He's my father.
Bob 'Bull' Hurley: Too bad.
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Mind Over Matter
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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