Over the Top

February 13th, 1987


Over the Top

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Lincoln Hawk (Stallone) is a struggling trucker who's trying to rebuild his life. After the death of his wife...

Release Year: 1987

Rating: 4.9/10 (16,593 voted)

Director: Menahem Golan

Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Robert Loggia, Susan Blakely

Lincoln Hawk (Stallone) is a struggling trucker who's trying to rebuild his life. After the death of his wife, he tries to make amends with his son who he left behind years earlier. Upon their first meeting, his son doesn't think too highly of him until he enters the nation-wide arm wrestling competition in Las Vegas.

Writers: Gary Conway, David Engelbach

Sylvester Stallone - Lincoln Hawk
Robert Loggia - Jason Cutler
Susan Blakely - Christina Hawk
Rick Zumwalt - Bob 'Bull' Hurley
David Mendenhall - Michael Cutler
Chris McCarty - Tim Salanger
Terry Funk - Ruker
Bob Beattie - Announcer
Allan Graf - 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

Taglines: Rocky, Rambo, Cobra And Now _Hawk_, In The Biggest Fight Of His Life.

Release Date: 13 February 1987

Filming Locations: Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $5,149,200 (USA) (15 February 1987) (1758 Screens)

Gross: $16,057,580 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

John Wetton, lead singer of the rock group Asia, sang "Winner Takes It All" for the movie, but after performing the song, it was felt that his voice wasn't "mean" enough, so the song was offered to Sammy Hagar, whose version ended up being the one on the soundtrack.

Revealing mistakes: When Mike takes the white pick-up and stops at the stop sign his window is rolled down and when he takes off, his window is rolled up.

John Grizzly: When I get to the table, that person, I don't care who they are, they're my mortal enemy. I hate them.

User Review

Perhaps the finest 93 minutes of cinema ever produced

Rating: 10/10

This movie embodies all that I find amazing in a movie. Passion: about a son, a truck, and, of course, arm-wrestling. Sly Stallone deserves an exponentially increased amount of respect for writing this masterpiece. I don't understand how someone can watch this movie and fail to be entertained by the compelling plot and characters.

As a movie from the 80s, Over the Top pretty much represents everything good about the decade. Other than perhaps Rocky IV, this is definitely Stallone's best work. The man is unquestionably a genius. The only part of the movie that is a little far-fetched is when Stallone plows through his father-in-law's gates in a moment of pure man-passion. The unrealistic quality of this scene is obviously the lack of explosion when Stallone's truck hits the gates. This is also an anomaly of the 80s; I think Stallone was going for something unique in a decade of decadence, but I can only hope to comprehend the motives behind any of his films.

I would highly recommend Over the Top for anyone who enjoys classy film.


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