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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.

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

References Bells of Rosarita (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

"From Barrooms to Bedrooms'
Written by David Wills and Sy Rosenberg
Performed by David Wills
Courtesy of CBS Records
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Entertaining drama, one of the best of the 70's dramas
27 September 2000 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

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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