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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lincoln Hawk
... Jason Cutler
... Christina Hawk
... Bob 'Bull' Hurley
... Michael Cutler
... Tim Salanger
... Ruker
Bob Beattie ... Announcer
... Collins (as Alan Graf)
Magic Schwarz ... Smasher
Bruce Way ... Grizzly
Jimmy Keegan ... Big Boy - Richie
John Braden ... Colonel Davis
Tony Munafo ... Tony
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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Some fight for money... Some fight for glory... He's fighting for his son's love. See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport

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13 February 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Meet Me Half Way  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Brzenk, the real-life armwrestler 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 was the grand prize in the movie. It was worth about 250,000 USD. 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 »

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At the beginning of the movie, you see Hawkes coming in through the guard station in front of the school. Once past the gate, you can see a long shot down the driveway of the academy. There are palm trees and desert plants along the edges of the drive. These type of plants would not be able to grow at the higher altitudes in Colorado. See more »

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Mad Dog Madison: I'm not so enthused about people coming up and patting me on the back saying "you're the best". I don't need people to do that to me. If I win, its because I wanted to be the best one time in my life.
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Bad Night
Performed by Frank Stallone
Written by Frank Stallone & Peter Schless (as Peter H. Schless)
Produced by Frank Stallone & Peter Schless (as Peter H. Schless)
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Easily the best arm wrestling movie EVER MADE!
21 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I challenge anyone to find a better arm wrestling movie.

Since becoming a professional arm wrestler and losing my ex-wife, this film has inspired me.

It's not easy being a single dad whilst trying to cope with the rising gas prices to keep my rig on the road.

I'm sure a lot of Americans find themselves in this position, and they too should benefit from this realistic docu-drama of the typical American man.

To anyone, who find themselves in a similar rut, or experience any type of bad luck, I thoroughly recommend renting this movie, and joining the local arm-wrestling club.

Like I said this is easily the best made arm-wrestling movie, and I look forward to perhaps a left-handed sequel.


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