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Over the Top (1987)


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Release Date: Feb 13, 1987 Wide



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After winning the heavyweight boxing championship and single-handedly winning the war in Vietnam for America, Sylvester Stallone moves on to a real challenge -- arm wrestling -- in this action drama with a family undercurrent. Lincoln Hawk (Stallone) is a long-haul truck driver who years ago abandoned his wife Christina (Susan Blakely) and their son Michael (David Mendenhall). Hawk comes to see the error of his ways and wants to reconcile with his loved ones, only to discover that Christina is


Drama, Action & Adventure

May 31, 2005

Warner Home Video

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Why draw the line between "so bad it's good" and a pedigreed artistic success?

December 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Daily Star

Stallone gives an impressive performance

March 10, 2005

Poor Sly! He doesn't even know if his last name is Hawk or Hawks!

November 11, 2004
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Mesmo que o roteiro insista em soluções fáceis e pouco verossímeis e que o clímax seja prejudicado pelo pouco potencial cinematográfico de um campeonato de queda-de-braço, Stallone envolve o espectador com seu carisma habitual.

September 6, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Stallone, for whatever inexplicable reason, continues to pile on the dramatic dribble in yet another pointless movie mishap

May 29, 2003

Not enough ass-kicking, but the world does need at least one film about professional arm-wrestling

January 9, 2003
New Times

Audience Reviews for Over the Top

Over the Top is one of those low budget action flicks of the 80's that relies on recycled ideas from previous films. In this case, this is basically Rocky with Arm Wrestling. Menahem Golan directs this picture, and the result is a somewhat decent action flick that has plenty of flaws, but is worth seeing at least once. The film's title is appropriate for this film, as it is a very silly idea for a film. I had heard plenty of things from this film, but I was slightly disappointed with this film, and the end result is a picture that leaves a lot to be desired. Although entertaining, this is a film that is quite forgettable and is not one that is Sylvester Stallone's best. Luckily for Sly he has made some stellar films before this one, and he would recapture his magic with Rambo III. The film is amusing for what it is, and it plays out like a guilty pleasure. Is the film decent, yes it is, but is not a film that is worth re watching again and again. The film's biggest problem is the formulaic plot and predictable ending. Another factor is the acting, it is quite subpar for Stallone, and he is underwhelming here as well. The actor playing his kid is quite annoying and just ruined the overall enjoyment. Over the Top could have been a great film, and it did have some ideas that worked, but most of the time, the film fell a little flat and it simply just left a lot to be desired in terms of a quality film. I liked it, but it was decent and nothing ever great. The lazy script and lack of original ideas was what made this one not standout among Sly's other films.
February 2, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Sly wins the hearts of everyone again as the underdog arm-wrestling champion Lincoln Hawk. It's more a father and son movie than anything else, but no one should downgrade it for being family friendly. It's so good at what it is and Sly gets to cause enough destruction even within the PG guidelines. It's very 80s and sort've in the same reign as Tango and Cash, which I'm a huge fan of also.
July 18, 2010

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