Over the Top (1987)
A sensitive yet macho truck driver attempts to win the respect of his estranged young son by entering an arm-wrestling contest in this attempted drama. A severe underdog, the truck driver of course beats the odds to make it to the national finals, where he faces his toughest challenge yet.
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Critic Reviews for Over the Top
Why draw the line between "so bad it's good" and a pedigreed artistic success?
Stallone gives an impressive performance
Poor Sly! He doesn't even know if his last name is Hawk or Hawks!
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.
Stallone, for whatever inexplicable reason, continues to pile on the dramatic dribble in yet another pointless movie mishap
Not enough ass-kicking, but the world does need at least one film about professional arm-wrestling
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.More
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.More
Stallone's one of my favorite actors of all time, and this is a good movie, but not one of my favorites from the Stallone library. I prefer more action.More
Great movie. Stallone is a excellent actor never mind what the stupid critics say. Stallone proves he's champion wheather he's saving pow's from Vietnam, competing for the heavyweight championship of the world for boxing, and in this case arm wrestling. Stallone...you rock!!! I love this movie!More
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