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Over the Top (1987)

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Tough trucker Lincoln Hawk is determined to win back his son and triumph at the world arm wrestling championships.

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Menahem Golan

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Gary Conway (story), David Engelbach (story) (as David C. Engelbach) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sylvester Stallone ... Lincoln Hawk
Robert Loggia ... Jason Cutler
Susan Blakely ... Christina Hawk
Rick Zumwalt ... Bob 'Bull' Hurley
David Mendenhall ... Michael Cutler
Chris McCarty ... Tim Salanger
Terry Funk ... Ruker
Bob Beattie Bob Beattie ... Announcer
Allan Graf ... Collins (as Alan Graf)
Magic Schwarz Magic Schwarz ... Smasher
Bruce Way Bruce Way ... Grizzly
Jimmy Keegan Jimmy Keegan ... Big Boy - Richie
John Braden John Braden ... Colonel Davis
Tony Munafo Tony Munafo ... Tony
Randy Raney Randy Raney ... Mad Dog Madison
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Storyline

Lincoln Hawk (Stallone) is a struggling trucker who arm wrestles on the side to make extra cash while trying to rebuild his life. After the death of his wife, he tries to make amends with his son who he left behind 10 years earlier. Upon their first meeting, his son does not think too highly of him until he enters the World Arm Wrestling Championships in Las Vegas. His hope is to receive the grand prize of $100,000 and an expensive current custom semi-truck and thus start his own trucking company. Written by Ryan Harder <hotshotharder@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Rocky, Rambo, Cobra and now Hawk, in the biggest fight of his life. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meet Me Half Way See more »

Filming Locations:

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,149,200, 16 February 1987

Gross USA:

$16,057,580

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,057,580
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Brzenk, the real-life arm-wrestler who inspired the Lincoln Hawk character, won in the Truckers Class of the actual "Over the Top" tournament, and won the Volvo White Truck and Trail-mobile Trailer that were the grand prize in the movie. It was worth about $250,000. Brzenk took the truck on tour across the country to promote the film. He later sold it and bought a 1987 Corvette with some of the money. See more »

Goofs

When Mike takes the white pick-up and stops at the stop sign, his window is rolled down. When he takes off, his window is rolled up. See more »

Quotes

Lincoln Hawk: What are you trying to do? I gave you custody of the boy, I signed papers, what more do you want?
Jason Cutler: I'm trying to make things easy for you, Hawk. You don't need Michael as a meal ticket anymore. You're on a free ride. So take the truck, take the money. Start a new life, *start your own family*!
Lincoln Hawk: I've got a family! When this is over, I'm coming to get him.
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Alternate Versions

The version broadcast on TV (most notably on TBS) contains a different version of the opening song "In This Country". See more »


Soundtracks

I Will Be Strong
Performed by Eddie Money
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Tom Whitlock
Produced by Giorgio Moroder & Richie Zito
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli (uncredited)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Not as bad as you would think from an Arm Wrestling movie
26 April 2003 | by shinjiro_kusanagiSee all my reviews

I actually quite liked Over the Top. The story of the kid and Stallone was pretty deep if you look at it closely. The idea of Arm Wrestling being a major part of a movie sounds stupid, but Stallone plays it pretty well. Some of the acting in this is pretty bad, but some of it is pretty good. Also, the sound track a excellent (Sammy Hagar - Winner Takes It All was the best). Overall, I give it 3.5/5 for being a good movie, but not excellent


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