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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 championships.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Hawk
Chris McCarty ...
Tim Salanger
Bob Beattie ...
Collins (as Alan Graf)
Magic Schwarz ...
Bruce Way ...
Jimmy Keegan ...
Big Boy - Richie
John Braden ...
Colonel Davis
Tony Munafo ...
Randy Raney ...


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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Some fight for money... Some fight for glory... He's fighting for his son's love. 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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,149,200, 15 February 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Riffed by Michael J Nelson from MST3K under the Rifftrax name. See more »


Just after they stop at the truck stop as they drive away, they drive on the wrong side of the yellow line. See more »


Lincoln Hawk: Tell you the truth, the truck is, uh, you know, the most important thing for me. I... I don't really... it doesn't matter if I, uh, become the champion or anything. That's, that's not the most important... I... I need this truck.
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Referenced in Sports Jeopardy!: Episode #1.49 (2015) See more »


The Fight
Performed, Written & Produced by Giorgio Moroder
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli (uncredited)
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Easily the best arm wrestling movie EVER MADE!
21 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I challenge anyone to find a better arm wrestling movie.

Since becoming a professional arm wrestler and losing my ex-wife, this film has inspired me.

It's not easy being a single dad whilst trying to cope with the rising gas prices to keep my rig on the road.

I'm sure a lot of Americans find themselves in this position, and they too should benefit from this realistic docu-drama of the typical American man.

To anyone, who find themselves in a similar rut, or experience any type of bad luck, I thoroughly recommend renting this movie, and joining the local arm-wrestling club.

Like I said this is easily the best made arm-wrestling movie, and I look forward to perhaps a left-handed sequel.

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