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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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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 <>

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Rocky, Rambo, Cobra and now Hawk, in the biggest fight of his life. See more »


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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)


$16,057,580 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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John Wetton, lead singer of the rock group Asia, sang "Winner Takes It All" for the movie, but after performing the song, it was felt that his voice wasn't "mean" enough, so the song was offered to Sammy Hagar, whose version ended up being the one on the soundtrack. See more »


When Hawk arrives at the Military School in his truck, the 'Hawk' figurine can not be seen on the bonnet of the truck. See more »


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

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Gypsy Soul
Performed by Asia
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Tom Whitlock
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
Courtesy of Geffen Records
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Am I delirious or is this an alright flick?
28 December 2001 | by (Minneapolis, Minnesota USA) – See all my reviews

I recently remembered seeing this film when I was much younger and liking it. When I checked it out on IMDb, I was quite disturbed. Why in the world would I like this weird, arm wrestling movie with Sylvester Stallone? So I rented it again to see why I had liked it as a kid or to see if I had been delirious when I first saw it. The strange thing is, even though it is not at all my type of movie, I still really enjoyed it. I've heard that the kid is a bad actor and all, but I really don't think he is. Maybe I'm still delirious, but I thought the movie was pretty darn heart warming.

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