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Blue Collar (1978)

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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zeke
... Jerry
... Smokey
... Bobby Joe
... Eddie Johnson
... Jenkins
Lucy Saroyan ... Arlene Bartowski
... Clarence Hill
... John Burrows
Borah Silver ... Dogshit Miller
... Caroline Brown
... Hank
Leonard Gaines ... I.R.S. Man
... Sumabitch
Sammy Warren ... Barney
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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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10 February 1978 (USA)  »

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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

When Jerry, Zeke and Smoky are casing the union hall, Jerry asks "Who is in the Buick?" The car he is looking at is an Oldsmobile. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dogshit Miller: You're not double-checking the stripping. I want it tighter.
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Features The Jeffersons (1975) See more »

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Speak My Mind
Written and performed by J.B. Hutto
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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An unjustly overlooked classic!
4 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a great film. I knew little about it going in, other than it was supposed to be a very well done, searing drama (this according to several film books, including Leonard Maltin's yearly tomes). I was not disappointed. Paul Schrader - writer of "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," and writer/director of "Affliction" - delivers yet another gritty, working-class drama. But the film is not without liberal doses of humor, provided chiefly by Richard Pryor in what I consider to be the best performance of his career. C'mon, people! How can you go wrong with Pryor, Harvey Keitel, and Yaphet Kotto (answer: you can't). The films hooks you right from the great opening credit sequence and doesn't let go 'til the final freeze-frame. I won't give the twists and turns of the plot away, but the film centers on three desperate Detroit auto workers and their corrupt union. It's very disappointing this film is so overlooked today (it also flopped when released)... the level of acting and direction (this was Schrader's directorial debut) is astonishing. See this movie!


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