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Over the Top (1987)

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Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to reconcile with his estranged son and win the world arm wrestling championship.

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Bob Beattie ...
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Bruce Way ...
Grizzly
Jimmy Keegan ...
Big Boy - Richie
John Braden ...
Colonel Davis
Tony Munafo ...
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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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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$16,057,580 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 Mike recklessly bolts from Lincoln's truck and dashes across the busy highway...putting his life in both extreme and immediate danger...Lincoln apparently goes to the trouble of digging out his hat and putting it on before chasing him down. See more »

Quotes

Jason Cutler: [to Hawk] Michael Cutler's my boy! You deserted him years ago, and that's a fact that you can't change, no matter what you do! *Damn you*!
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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 »


Soundtracks

I Will Be Strong
Performed by Eddie Money
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Tom Whitlock
Produced by Giorgio Moroder & Richie Zito
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli (uncredited)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Sly acts a bit 'un-interested' in some parts of this film.
23 November 2000 | by (NJ) – See all my reviews

Good choice of work for Sly - a trucker. Something 'masculine', on the move. He wrangles with his father-in-law for custody of his son, who thought his dad (Sly) disowned him. To the contrary, grandfather didn't want the boy associating with Sly because he was'nt 'of money' like grandfather was. When Sly's former wife dies of cancer, (Susan Blakely again), Sly sees it as a 'sign' to take his responsibility seriously & raise his son the only way he knows how - take him on the road with him, teach him not to be a spoiled brat all his life, live a little! At first, his son rejects him totally. But later on when he finds out the truth about his dad, he decides he WANTS to be with him.

Yes, the veritable 'macho-sport of arm-wrestling' is thrown in as a way to win big money quick & show-off Sly's ever-bulging muscles. But hey! What's a Sly-film without muscles?? See this one for family entertainment. Sly might be a bit 'wooden' with some of his lines, but the action scenes are typically Sly!


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