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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 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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Lincoln Hawk will fight for his son the only way he knows how. 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, 15 February 1987, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$16,057,580
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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

As an inside joke, the writers named David Mendenhall's character Michael. With his father's last name, that meant that his character's name is Mike Hawk. See more »

Goofs

When Lincoln Hawk is announced as the last finalist, he sits in front of the truck with his right elbow wrapped in a towel. The shot cuts away, and when it comes back to Hawk, the towel is in his back pocket and he puts it on again. See more »

Quotes

Michael Cutler: I don't believe this. All that talk about never giving up is all lies. You never believed it yourself. And what you said to me, remember? "Now is the time to do it for yourself". "The world meets nobody halfway". "If you want it, you gotta take it".
Lincoln Hawk: Mike, please. I...
Michael Cutler: Now is your chance, dad, don't you see? I don't care about what happened before, so you can stop trying to prove yourself to me. It doesn't matter if you win or lose, dad. I don't care about that. All I care about is being with ...
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Sammy Hagar: Winner Takes It All (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Meet Me Half Way
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Music by Giorgio Moroder
Lyrics by Tom Whitlock
Produced by Giorgio Moroder
Arranged by Anthony Marinelli (uncredited)
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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This film does what any good 80s movie should
10 October 2000 | by superevaSee all my reviews

This film is all about the thrill of seeing Stallone reveal his more 'sensitive' side. Not to mention the great scenes where he works out the rippling biceps of his 'wrestling arm' using an ingenious hand-weight pulley system in the cab of his truck. Sure it's cheesy, but this film does what any good 80s movie should. The part where he turns his cap backwards before a wrestling match is a highlight, symbolising some kind of metamorphosis from sensitive dad to macho man. What a great flick!


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