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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.


Menahem Golan


Gary Conway (story), David Engelbach (story) (as David C. Engelbach) | 2 more credits »
3,952 ( 326)
4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »





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


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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Driving headlong towards the biggest fight of his life. See more »


Action | Drama | Sport


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Did You Know?


John Wetton, lead singer of the rock group Asia, sang "Winner Takes It All" for the movie. The produce didn't think his voice was "mean" enough, so the song was offered to Sammy Hagar, whose version ended up on the soundtrack. Hagar did a music video to promote the song, and the film, which featured both Zumwalt and Stallone. See more »


When Hawk arrives at the Military School in his truck, the 'Hawk' figurine is not visible on the truck's hood. See more »


Bob 'Bull' Hurley: Right now, double or nothing. What do you say?
Lincoln Hawk: Let's just wait for Vegas.
Bob 'Bull' Hurley: Come on, let's do it now. I feel like kicking some ass.
Lincoln Hawk: Let's wait till Vegas, okay?
Bob 'Bull' Hurley: You ain't got a *prayer* in Vegas!
Lincoln Hawk: We'll see.
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Crazy Credits

An odd prop, specifically a "bucking bicycle" was used in the film. This bicycle was built by Terry Teene, writer and singer of the early 60's monster parody song, "Curse of the Hearse". See more »

Alternate Versions

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


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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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Nostalgic Gold!
13 June 2013 | by buff63See all my reviews

Are you kidding me? Sylvester Stallone in an arm-wrestling movie? Does it get any better than that? If your balls have not turned into steel after seeing this movie, you're either a woman or... that is the only explanation. Acting? Plot? Cinematography? Who cares? Enjoy 90 minutes of pure testosterone and corniness. "Over the top" is without a doubt the most fitting movie title ever. If you enjoy either movies from the 80s, anything that's over the top or just Sylvester Stallone's weird acting and awkward yet somehow touching speeches, than you're gonna have a great time watching this movie. However, if you're not a fan of said things, than you should probably stay away from this masterpiece.

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Release Date:

13 February 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meet Me Half Way See more »

Filming Locations:

Flagstaff, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,149,200, 16 February 1987

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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