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Over the Top -- Some fight for money. Some fight for glory. He's fighting for his son's love. Sylvester Stallone blends action with sentimentality in this family.
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Release Date:
13 February 1987 (USA) See more »
Some fight for money... Some fight for glory... He's fighting for his son's love See more »
Lincoln Hawk (Stallone) is a struggling trucker who arm wrestles on the side to make extra cash while trying to rebuild his life... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Sylvester Stallone ... Lincoln Hawk

Robert Loggia ... Jason Cutler

Susan Blakely ... Christina Hawk

Rick Zumwalt ... Bob 'Bull' Hurley

David Mendenhall ... Michael Cutler
Chris McCarty ... Tim Salanger

Terry Funk ... Ruker
Bob Beattie ... Announcer

Allan Graf ... Collins (as Alan Graf)

Magic Schwarz ... Smasher
Bruce Way ... Grizzly
Jimmy Keegan ... Big Boy - Richie
John Braden ... Colonel Davis
Tony Munafo ... Tony
Randy Raney ... Mad Dog Madison
Paul Sullivan ... Carl Adams
Jack Wright ... Big Bill Larson

Sam Scarber ... Bosco
Richie Giachetti ... Landis
Michael Fox ... Jim Olson
Ross St. Phillip ... McBroom
Seth Mitchell ... First Policeman
Dale Benson ... Salesman
Joe Kiel ... Taxi Driver
Dean Abston ... Turnkey

Flo Lawrence ... Martha the Waitress (as Flo Gerrish)
David Van Gorder ... Second Boy
Kelly Sahnger ... Cashier
Charles M. Wilborn ... Cashier

Terry Burns ... Doctor
William Buck ... Doctor (as William Nichols Buck)
Bob Eazor ... Referee
Ed Levitt ... Referee
Andrew Rhodes ... Referee
Bob Rogers ... Referee
Reggie Bennett ... Female Arm Wrestler
Joshua Lee Patton ... Arm Wrestler
James Mendenhall ... Minister
Danny Capri ... Third Boy
Gregory Braendel ... Limo Driver

Sly Smith ... Red Cap (as Sly Ali Smith)
Rose Dursey ... Hospital Clerk
Marion Mickens II ... Officer of the Day
Dave Patton ... Trainer
Alexa Lambert ... Cocktail Waitress
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... Guard
James H. Shana ... Officer

Norman Howell ... Man
Rex Pierson ... Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephanie Blake ... Ticket Agent (uncredited)
Christine Bridges ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
John Brzenk ... Arm Wrestler (uncredited)
Scott Buzz ... Arm Wrestler (uncredited)
Richard Levine ... Arm Wrestler (uncredited)

Paul Dion Monte ... Arm Wrestler (uncredited)
Scott Norton ... Arm Wrestler (uncredited)
Derek A. Smith ... Arm Wrestler (uncredited)

Connie Woods ... Odds Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Menahem Golan 
Writing credits
Gary Conway (story) and
David Engelbach (story) (as David C. Engelbach)

Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) and
Sylvester Stallone (screenplay)

Produced by
James D. Brubaker .... executive producer
Yoram Globus .... producer
Menahem Golan .... producer
Tony Munafo .... associate producer
Original Music by
Giorgio Moroder 
Cinematography by
David Gurfinkel (director of photography)
Film Editing by
James R. Symons  (as James Symons)
Don Zimmerman 
Casting by
Ron Surma 
Production Design by
James L. Schoppe  (as James Schoppe)
Art Direction by
William Ladd Skinner  (as William Skinner)
Set Decoration by
Cloudia Rebar  (as Cloudia)
Costume Design by
Tom Bronson 
Makeup Department
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
Bob Mills .... makeup artist (as Robert J. Mills)
Christina Smith .... makeup artist
Yolanda Toussieng .... hair stylist
Production Management
Duncan Henderson .... unit production manager
Christopher Pearce .... executive in charge of production
Roni Ya'ackov .... executive in charge of production (as Rony Yacov)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Davies .... first assistant director
Carey Dietrich .... second second assistant director
Josh McLaglen .... second assistant director
Christopher Ryan .... additional second assistant director (as Chris Ryan)
Art Department
Oscar Delgadillo .... swing (as Oscar X. Delgadillo)
Ross Gallichotte .... set designer
Kenneth Heil .... swing (as Kenny Heil)
Roland E. Hill Jr. .... set designer
Bill Iiams .... propmaker foreman
Roger Irvin .... construction coordinator
David F. Klassen .... assistant art director (as David Klassen)
Fred Lucky .... illustrator
Dave Margolin .... painter
Howard McCormick II .... assistant property master (as Howard G. McCormick II)
Arthur Shippee .... property master (as Art Shippee)
George Stuart Jr. .... standby painter
Kenneth L. Westcott .... leadman (as Kenneth Westcott)
Gary Clark .... lead foreperson (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael J. Benavente .... adr editor
Peter Damski .... cable
Carlos Delarios .... re-recording mixer (as Carlos De Larios)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Gary S. Gerlich .... sound effects editor
Stanley B. Gill .... sound recordist
Robin Haskins .... re-recordist (as Robin L. Haskins)
David L. Horton Jr. .... sound assistant
James Ketcham .... re-recording engineer (as James S. Ketcham)
Michael J. Kohut .... supervising re-recording mixer
Andrew Patterson .... adr editor (as Andrew G. Patterson)
Robert Perissi .... foley mixer
Aaron Rochin .... re-recording mixer
Dan Sharp .... re-recordist (as Daniel J. Sharp)
Chester Slomka .... sound effects editor (as Chester L. Slomka)
Cynthia E. Thornton .... adr assistant
Frank E. Warner .... supervising sound editor
Gordon Webb .... boom operator (as Gordon F. Webb)
Charles M. Wilborn .... sound mixer
Bill Wylie .... sound effects editor (as William J. Wylie)
Marty Church .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Marty Church .... foley mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Rocky Gehr .... special effects foreman
Richard L. Hill .... special effects technician
Dennis Petersen .... special effects supervisor (as Dennis Peterson)
Mike Reedy .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Pete Antico .... stunts
Christine Anne Baur .... stunts (as Christine Ann Baur)
Jophery C. Brown .... stunts (as Jophery Brown)
Jack Carpenter .... stunts
Gary Combs .... stunts
Gilbert B. Combs .... stunts (as Gilbert Combs)
Danny Costa .... stunts
Jeffrey J. Dashnaw .... stunts (as Jeffrey James Dashnaw)
Mark De Alessandro .... stunt double: Sylvester Stallone
Mark De Alessandro .... stunts
Eddy Donno .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Allan Graf .... stunts
James M. Halty .... stunts
Gene Hartline .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunts (as Thomas J. Huff)
Tracy Keehn-Dashnaw .... stunts (as Tracy Lyn Keehn)
Gary McLarty .... stunt coordinator
Karen McLarty .... stunts
Bobby McLaughlin .... stunts (as Bobby Travis McLaughlin)
Bennie Moore .... stunts (as Bennie E. Moore Jr.)
Kathleen O'Haco .... stunts (as Kathy O'Haco)
Alan Oliney .... stunts
Bobby Porter .... stunts
J.N. Roberts .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts (as Patrick Romano)
John Sistrunk .... stunts
Jim Wilkey .... stunts (as Jim Wilky)
Carey Loftin .... Truck Stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric D. Andersen .... camera operator (as Eric Anderson)
Stephen E. Bridge .... camera operator (as Steve Bridge)
Michael A. Chavez .... first assistant camera (as Mike Chavez)
Jim Dunford .... dolly grip (as James Dunford)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Randy Glass .... gaffer
Gerald A. King .... second grip
George Llerena .... second assistant camera
Paul Murphey .... assistant video engineer (as Paul J. Murphey)
Walter Nichols .... second electrician
Michael D. O'Shea .... camera operator
Timothy Prince .... video engineer (as Tim Prince)
Burdell C. Schwiebert .... camera operator (as Burdell 'Chris' Schwiebert)
Gary Stark .... lamp operator: electric
Jeffrey Thorin .... camera loader (as Jeffrey S. Thorin)
Jeffrey Thorin .... second assistant camera (as Jeffrey S. Thorin)
Rudolph Van Lelyueld .... camera operator
Lynda Vincent .... camera loader (as Lynda Lee Vincent)
Lynda Vincent .... second assistant camera (as Lynda Lee Vincent)
Bill Young .... key grip (as William Young)
Bruce D. Spellman .... second company grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Murray Lantz .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Carmen Baker .... assistant editor
Paul Cichocki .... assistant editor (as Paul G. Cichocki)
Robert Cooper .... negative cutter (as Bob Cooper)
Rod Dean .... assistant editor
Ron Lambert .... color timer
Ken Morrisey .... assistant editor
Kevin Nolting .... apprentice editor
John W. Parsons .... negative cutter (as John Parsons)
Omneya 'Nini' Mazen .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Brian Banks .... musician: synthesizer
Brian Banks .... synthesizer programmer
George Brand .... music editor
Michael Dilbeck .... executive producer: soundtrack album
Paula Erickson .... music supervisor
Robin Garb .... music coordinator
Anthony Marinelli .... musician: synthesizer
Anthony Marinelli .... synthesizer programmer
Brian Reeves .... music engineer
Brian Reeves .... music mixer
Robert Tauro .... music legal consultant
Anthony Marinelli .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ed Arter .... transportation coordinator (as Edward Arter)
Michael W. Broomer .... driver
Michael Brum .... transportation captain
John Cahill .... transportation co-captain (as John J. Cahill)
John Armstrong .... driver (uncredited)
Thomas Paul Croce .... driver (uncredited)
Roger Wooge .... driver: bus (uncredited)
Other crew
Karen Arbeeny .... assistant: Mr. Golan (as Karen Lee Arbeeny)
Tina M. Arter-Duquette .... assistant: Mr. Brubaker (as Tina Arter)
Dale Benson .... production administrator
Marcei A. Brown .... secretary: Mr. Stallone (as Marcei Brubaker)
Susan J. Brubaker .... production associate (as Susie Brubaker)
Richard Chavez .... craft service
Marvin Cohen .... arm wrestling technical advisor
Christopher Conkling .... assistant accountant
William E. Dufva .... projectionist
Mauri Syd Gayton .... production coordinator
Connie Glazer .... promotional coordinator
Yael Golan .... production associate
Becky Gremillion .... secretary: Messrs. Brubaker and Munafo
Joseph R. Hessekiel .... technical consultant
Fred Inman .... coordinator: L.A.P.D.
Keith D. Jones .... armwrestler
Lisa Lynn Kearsley .... assistant production coordinator: los angeles
Fran Lucci .... production accountant (as Fran Pasqualucci)
Tony Maffatone .... security: Mr. Stallone (as Anthony Maffatone)
Lucy Mardonovich .... production associate
Priscilla McDonald .... international publicity
Paul Montilla .... production associate
Midge Ogle .... craft service
Susan Persily .... assistant: Mr. Stallone
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Janice Polley .... location manager
Donald A. Potts .... location manager (as Donald Alan Potts)
Ross Reynolds .... helicopter pilot
Don Rogers .... publicist
M. Paul Swim .... assistant production coordinator: las vegas (as Paul Swim)
Jon Varady .... production associate
Mark Wallerstein .... first aid
Bill Wells .... production consultant
Gabriel Campisi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Douglas A. Raine .... production assistant (uncredited)
Melissa J.L. Smith .... post facilities manager (uncredited)
Richard H. Bryan .... with sincere appreciation to (as Richard H. Bryan - Governor)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Meet Me Half Way" - USA (alternative title)
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93 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

As an inside joke, the writers named David Mendenhall's character Michael. With his father' last name, that meant that his character's name is Mike Hawk.See more »
Factual errors: When Bull punches Hawk in the nose during their final arm wrestling match, this should have resulted in an instant disqualification.See more »
Michael Cutler:If I went with you, where would we go? Where would we end up?
Lincoln Hawk:Together is all I can guarantee. I'm just a father who messed up pretty bad, I know that. I've done things real wrong, now I want to try fix things up as best I can. I want to give... you... what's inside of me. I may not have much and I may never have a lot. But I've got something inside I want to give to the only person that means something to me... you.
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A real crowd-pleaser, 17 December 2005
Author: Myke Tunnicliff ( from Syracuse, New York, USA

It's hard to dislike Over The Top. Sure, it can get corny, old-fashioned, far-fetched (the gate-crashing scene, fun and unbelievable.) The movie sorta plays like a cross between Highway to Heaven and THe A-Team. But somehow, you find yourself watching despite whatever 'good judgment' you think you might have regarding the cinema. You get swept up in the film's good vibes. You care about what happens to Hawke and his son. Most of the credit for this has to go to Sylvester Stallone. He plays the part of a truck driver coping with the new experience of getting to know his twelve-year-old son for the first time quite well. You care because you sense how much HE cares. it is conveyed by a sure delivery from Stallone. His character never seems too slight or well, too Over the top. There is a bond that slowly forms between him and his son. And the movie has a great "training" montage complete with great song that will remind you of what was so good about the Rocky films. David Mendenhall agreeably plays the part of Mike with the combination of distrust, arrogance and vulnerability you would expect from someone his age who went thru what he did.. No, he's not Haley Joel Osmont. We won't leave the movie shaking our heads at his incredible,precocious talent. That doesn't mean he didn't acquit himself nicely in the film. Robert Loggia's role could have been fleshed out a little more. He seems to much like a comic-strip villain. The film could have delved more into his reasons for hating Hawke. that part could have been beefed up a bit.

I enjoyed the Arm-wrestling backdrop. It was a refreshing change for movies of that era that boasted big stars like Stallone. Usually, movies that were sport-specific other than the trad football, baseball, or boxing stories tended to use people who were less known (Gotcha, Gleaning the Cube)

A good film. warm, funny, exciting. The better face of the Eighties cinema.

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