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Blue Collar (1978)

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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zeke
... Jerry
... Smokey
... Bobby Joe
... Eddie Johnson
... Jenkins
Lucy Saroyan ... Arlene Bartowski
... Clarence Hill
... John Burrows
Borah Silver ... Dogshit Miller
... Caroline Brown
... Hank
Leonard Gaines ... I.R.S. Man
... Sumabitch
Sammy Warren ... Barney
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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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10 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Second of three Paul Schrader-written films, in which Harvey Keitel has appeared, and the only one that Schrader also directed. The others were Taxi Driver (1976) and The Last Temptation of Christ (1988). These were directed by Martin Scorsese. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry, Zeke and Smoky are casing the union hall, Jerry asks "Who is in the Buick?" The car he is looking at is an Oldsmobile. See more »

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[first lines]
Dogshit Miller: You're not double-checking the stripping. I want it tighter.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Speak My Mind
Written and performed by J.B. Hutto
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Pryor does his thing.
9 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I was extremely impressed with the acting of the 3 main characters(Pryor, Kotto, and Keitel). Since I grew up in Detroit and my Dad and uncles worked for the big 3 the Auto Industry angle caught me. In the scene where Keitel was on the Belle Isle Bridge, I spotted in the background the Uniroyal Tire Company, where my Grandad worked for over 40 years. Yet Pryor's performance was terrific. The scene with the IRS agent was CLASSIC and a perfect example of blending comedy into a not so funny situation for Zeke's somewhat straight character. I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and seeing some old landmarks and areas the way they were was a treat.


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