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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris McCarty ...
Bob Beattie ...
Collins (as Alan Graf)
Bruce Way ...
Jimmy Keegan ...
Big Boy - Richie
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Colonel Davis
Tony Munafo ...
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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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Some fight for money... Some fight for glory... He's fighting for his son's love See more »


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Release Date:

13 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Meet Me Half Way  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)


$16,057,580 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Includes uncredited cameos by notable arm wrestling champions John Brzenk, Cleve Dean, and Allen Fisher. Brzenk's appearance was discussed in his documentary "Pulling John"(2009). 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 »


Harry Bosco: My whole body is an engine. This is a fireplug
[makes a fist]
Harry Bosco: ... and I'm gonna light him up.
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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 »


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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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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