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.
The company builds cars and destroys men.
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Did You Know?
No major auto company would allow this film to be shot at their factory, so the Checker Cab Company plant was used as the primary location. The name of the automobile company in the movie was also Checker Cab. One scene in the film depicted an assembly line of engines (which are Chevrolet small block V8s painted GM corporate blue) which Checker purchased from GM since 1965. Checker, as an automaker, ended production of its Marathon sedans in 1982, where the company became a GM contract manufacturing plant, stamping sheetmetal panels for GM automobiles. The company finally ceased operations in 2009 after the GM collapse. See more
In the bowling alley scene, Carolyn bowls a ball toward a set of only a few pins. In the next cutaway shot, all of the pins are there as the ball rolls through them. See more
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The World I'm Livin' In
Written by Jack Skinner
Performed by Byron Berline
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