Over the Top (1987)


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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.

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Sylvester Stallone, Stirling Silliphant
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 31, 2005
Warner Home Video


as Lincoln Hawk

as Michael Cutler / Mic...

as Jason Cutler

as Christina Cutler-Haw...

as Bob 'Bull' Hurley

as Tim Salanger

as Ruker

as Announcer

as Collins

as Head Referee

as Grizzly

as `Big Boy'/Richie

as Col. Davis

as Mad Dog Madison

as Carl Adams

as Big Bill Larson

as Bosco

as Jim Olson

as Second Boy

as First Policeman

as Salesman

as Taxi Driver

as Turnkey

as Martha, the Waitres...

as Second Boy

as Female Arm Wrestler

as Arm Wrestler

as Third Boy

as Limo Driver

as Hospital Clerk

as Officer of the Day

as Trainer

as Cocktail Waitress

as Referee

as Referee

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Critic Reviews for Over the Top

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Time Out
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Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Why draw the line between "so bad it's good" and a pedigreed artistic success?

Full Review… | December 9, 2005
Arizona Daily Star

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer


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.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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