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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

Writers:

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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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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Details

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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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

The production company flew professional wrestlers Manny Fernandez and Sione Vailahi (a.k.a The Barbarian) to the set, but they weren't used in the film. The wrestlers were given some money to go eat and drink. The wrestlers headed to a bar for drinks. According to Fernandez, Barbarian got so drunk that after a patron insulted him,, Barbarian smashed his and Manny's mugs of beer over Barbarian's own forehead, then laughed as blood poured down over his face. The patrons were so shocked they called the police, who arrested Sione and put in him jail overnight. Manny called Sione's wife Seini, who bailed him out and flew him home. Sione later told Manny that Seini had cooked him a big Tongan meal when they got home. When Sione started eating, Seini blindsided him with a skillet, chastised him for his actions, and warned him not to get drunk again. Sione said, "Brother, I crawled on all fours, and she kept hitting me." See more »

Goofs

When Hawk turns the radio back on for the last time, the truck is on a 2-lane road with a broken white line down the middle. In the very next shot, the truck is on a 3-lane road with a double yellow line and a broken white line. See more »

Quotes

Lincoln Hawk: I always wanted to be a milk shake.
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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

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Soundtracks

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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One Of Sylvester Stallone's Best Movies, In My Opinion
29 March 2000 | by robertvannsmithSee all my reviews

This movie really touched base with me. I grew up not knowing my father, so I really felt for "Michael Cutler", played by David Mendenhall. This was the first thing I remembered seeing David in and I became a big fan of his thru this movie. I identified with his character so much.

If only there would have been a sequel to this movie. (+:


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