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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 »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

Featured in Hollywood Mavericks (1990) 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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It's Well Worth Your Time.
31 July 2003 | by phillafellaSee all my reviews

Excellent urban drama depicting the lives of three friends who work at a car plant, and plan revenge on their boss. Pryor is great in the lead role, which is probably his best performance in a movie. Schrader does a fine job in his directorial debut and makes this film a pure enjoyment. Bravo for Keitel and Kotto in their supporting roles. A highly underrated film that deserves much better than it got.

4 out of 5


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