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Blue Collar (1978)

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

Director:

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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The company builds cars and destroys men. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Akkord am Fließband 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was the second of four written by brothers Paul and Leonard Schrader. The others were The Yakuza (1974), Old Boyfriends (1979), and Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985). Paul dedicated The Walker (2007) to Leonard after his death. See more »

Goofs

When Zeke is called into the office after mouthing off to the shop foreman, the three other characters take a seat at the table but Zeke is standing. Behind him, the office door is partially open. In the next shot, the door is now closed. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Heroes of Black Comedy (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

The World I'm Livin' In
Written by Jack Skinner
Performed by Byron Berline and Sundance
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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Memorable film
31 December 2004 | by johnorvalSee all my reviews

Certain films remain at the back of one's mind for many years. The first time I saw the film, on television, I was impressed by the realism of the situation and honesty of acting. The film is enhanced by the driving power of the theme music. Years later, I again saw the film on television and was reminded of it and how good it is. The lead actors, Yaphet Koto, Harvey Keitel and Richard Prior, must have enjoyed much critical acclaim from fellow actors for their performances. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good story without too obvious predictability and easy options, especially those who think that all American movies are romanticism floss.


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