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Blue Collar (1978)

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When three workers try to steal from the local union, they discover the corruption of the union instead and decide to blackmail them.

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Paul Schrader
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Pryor ... Zeke
Harvey Keitel ... Jerry
Yaphet Kotto ... Smokey
Ed Begley Jr. ... Bobby Joe
Harry Bellaver ... Eddie Johnson
George Memmoli ... Jenkins
Lucy Saroyan Lucy Saroyan ... Arlene Bartowski
Lane Smith ... Clarence Hill
Cliff De Young ... John Burrows
Borah Silver Borah Silver ... Dogshit Miller
Chip Fields ... Caroline Brown
Harry Northup ... Hank
Leonard Gaines Leonard Gaines ... I.R.S. Man
Milton Selzer ... Sumabitch
Sammy Warren Sammy Warren ... Barney
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Storyline

Three workers, Zeke (Richard Pryor), Jerry (Harvey Keitel), and Smokey (Yaphet Kotto), are working at a car plant and drinking their beers together. One night, when they steal away from their wives to have some fun, they get the idea to rob the local union's bureau safe. First they think it is a flop, because they get only six hundred dollars out of it, but then Zeke realizes that they also have gotten some "hot" material. They decide to blackmail their union. The best reason for that is the union itself. All three are provoked by the fact that the union claims to have lost ten thousand dollars by their robbery. Written by Oliver Heidelbach

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Whatever became of the "American Dream"? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blue Collar See more »

Filming Locations:

Michigan, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,700,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,521,083

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,521,083
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Harvey Keitel worked with Director John Badham on Point of No Return (1993). Badham had also directed a movie with "blue" in the title like this one, Blue Thunder (1983). See more »

Goofs

REVEALING MISTAKE: When Smokey is getting killed in the sprayer booth, he tries all means of escape except the most obvious: getting in the car that was being painted and driving through the doors, since the car had to have the key in it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dogshit Miller: You're not double-checking the stripping. I want it tighter.
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Connections

References Paradise Valley (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

Speak My Mind
Written and performed by J.B. Hutto
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Richard Pryor Proves That He Can Be A Fine Dramatic Actor
2 November 2002 | by sorannoSee all my reviews

This 1978 Universal release is one of raunchy comedian Richard Pryor's best films and it's a highly serious drama. Pryor successfully goes for a major change of pace in this tale of a trio of auto assembly workers (Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto) who are all having some major home, work and family problems and how they decide to solve them by developing a scheme to rob the union for which they work. When they put their plan to work, things eventually go from bad to worse. It may sound like a crime comedy caper with Pryor portraying his usual con man role but it's far more serious than that and Pryor proves that he doesn't have to get laughs in order to deliver a good film performance.


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