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
In one scene, Zeke tells that one of his plans after taking Clarence Hill's job as Union Chief, is to "play golf with Gerald Ford and Nixon". Years later, Lane Smith (Clarence) played Richard Nixon in The Final Days (1989). See more »
When Zeke is on the bridge over the highway talking to the union guys, a 'cars produced' counter is visible in the background. The count jumps back and forth, and skips hundreds of cars. See more »
Entertaining drama, one of the best of the 70's dramas
Blue Collar is a breakthrough for writer Paul Schrader as a director, but also for comedian/actor Richard Pryor. Before this, he was known for his stand-up, co-writing for Blazing Saddles and once in a while comic acting role, but here he shows his true colors of being an exceptional actor of talent. Here, he plays one of 3 auto workers (including great performances by Harvey Keitel and Yaphey Kotto) who are tired of getting ripped off by there company and (surprisingly) there union. So, they fight back, with some bad results. The plot is unfolding, which helps, but it is overall the performances by the 3 leads that give this film it's gigantic kick (and what a kick). Most likely filmaker Michael Moore's favorite film ever made, but for other people it is entertaining drama nevertheless. A+
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