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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 »
Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to win back his son and triumph at the world arm wrestling championships. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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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)
Renato Casaro .... poster designer (uncredited)
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)
Location Management
Janice Polley .... location manager
Donald A. Potts .... location manager (as Donald Alan Potts)
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
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 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?

Professional wrestlers Manny Fernandez and Sione Vailahi (a.k.a. The Barbarian) were flown to the set by the production company, but ended up not being used in the film. The wrestlers were given some money from the production staff and told they could go eat and drink. The wrestlers headed to a bar for drinks. According to Fernandez, Barbarian got so drunk that, after being insulted by a patron, Barbarian smashed his and Manny's mugs of beer over Barbarian's own forehead. Barbarian then laughed as blood poured down over his face. Even though Sione did not assault anybody else, the patrons were shocked and scared by Sione's actions, so they called the police, who arrested Sione and put in him jail overnight. Manny called Sione's wife Seini to tell her about Sione's ordeal, so she came to the jail to bail him out and fly him home. Sione later told Manny of how Seini had cooked him a nice big Tongan meal when they got home. When Sione started eating, Seini blindsided him with a skillet, chastising him for his actions, and yelling at him not to get drunk again. Sione said, "Brother, I crawled on all fours, and she kept hitting me."See more »
Anachronisms: At the beginning of the movie, you see Hawkes coming in through the guard station in front of the school. Once past the gate, you can see a long shot down the driveway of the academy. There are palm trees and desert plants along the edges of the drive. These type of plants would not be able to grow at the higher altitudes in Colorado.See more »
Lincoln Hawk:[to Michael] All I can say is I made a mistake. I know that. You know, sometimes that happens in life. We all make mistakes, but it won't happen again.See more »
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Perhaps the finest 93 minutes of cinema ever produced, 21 February 2005
Author: dossadam from United States

This movie embodies all that I find amazing in a movie. Passion: about a son, a truck, and, of course, arm-wrestling. Sly Stallone deserves an exponentially increased amount of respect for writing this masterpiece. I don't understand how someone can watch this movie and fail to be entertained by the compelling plot and characters.

As a movie from the 80s, Over the Top pretty much represents everything good about the decade. Other than perhaps Rocky IV, this is definitely Stallone's best work. The man is unquestionably a genius. The only part of the movie that is a little far-fetched is when Stallone plows through his father-in-law's gates in a moment of pure man-passion. The unrealistic quality of this scene is obviously the lack of explosion when Stallone's truck hits the gates. This is also an anomaly of the 80s; I think Stallone was going for something unique in a decade of decadence, but I can only hope to comprehend the motives behind any of his films.

I would highly recommend Over the Top for anyone who enjoys classy film.

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