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

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Action | Drama | Sport

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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

Rick Zumwalt was paid 10,000 USD to shave his head for the film. He liked it so much he never went back to having hair. See more »

Goofs

"Hawk" becomes "Hawkes" in the middle of the movie, and returns to "Hawk" again for the arm-wrestling climax. See more »

Quotes

Bob 'Bull' Hurley: I drive truck, break arms, and arm wrestle. It's what I love to do, it's what I do best. Being number one is everything. There is no second place. Second sucks.
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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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A real crowd-pleaser
17 December 2005 | by BeyondRosebudSee all my reviews

It's hard to dislike Over The Top. Sure, it can get corny, old-fashioned, far-fetched (the gate-crashing scene, fun and unbelievable.) The movie sorta plays like a cross between Highway to Heaven and THe A-Team. But somehow, you find yourself watching despite whatever 'good judgment' you think you might have regarding the cinema. You get swept up in the film's good vibes. You care about what happens to Hawke and his son. Most of the credit for this has to go to Sylvester Stallone. He plays the part of a truck driver coping with the new experience of getting to know his twelve-year-old son for the first time quite well. You care because you sense how much HE cares. it is conveyed by a sure delivery from Stallone. His character never seems too slight or well, too Over the top. There is a bond that slowly forms between him and his son. And the movie has a great "training" montage complete with great song that will remind you of what was so good about the Rocky films. David Mendenhall agreeably plays the part of Mike with the combination of distrust, arrogance and vulnerability you would expect from someone his age who went thru what he did.. No, he's not Haley Joel Osmont. We won't leave the movie shaking our heads at his incredible,precocious talent. That doesn't mean he didn't acquit himself nicely in the film. Robert Loggia's role could have been fleshed out a little more. He seems to much like a comic-strip villain. The film could have delved more into his reasons for hating Hawke. that part could have been beefed up a bit.

I enjoyed the Arm-wrestling backdrop. It was a refreshing change for movies of that era that boasted big stars like Stallone. Usually, movies that were sport-specific other than the trad football, baseball, or boxing stories tended to use people who were less known (Gotcha, Gleaning the Cube)

A good film. warm, funny, exciting. The better face of the Eighties cinema.


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