Over the Top Reviews
The "sport" of arm wrestling is a barbaric throwback from the dark ages but what fun it is to witness two big, strapping guys hold hands and try to out-muscle each other, lol.
Lincoln Hawk is a trucker that picks up his son from military school to take him to see his dying mother after not seeing him for a long time. They have their differences and get separated when the grandfather arrives and picks up the son. The father joins an arm wrestling tournament hoping to extend his trucking career. The son comes to his rescue to help inspire him to victory.
"You've never been around when anyone needed you."
Manhem Golan, director of The Delta Force, Crime and Punishment, The Apple, Enter the Ninja, Diamonds, Over the Brooklyn Bridge, and Fortuna, delivers Over the Top. The storyline for this picture is fun and entertaining although unrealistic. The acting is okay and the cast includes Sylvester Stallone, Robert Loggia, Rick Zumwalt, Allan Graf, and Susan Blakely.
"All I want to do is hurt him, cripple him, get him off the table."
I loved this movie as a kid and saw it on Netflix and decided to watch it again for the first time in a long time. This was corny in many ways, but I loved the father son story and how they came together in the end. Overall, this is worth watching at least once.
"You ain't shit!"
Sly plays a blue collar trucker hoping to reconnect with his spoiled rich son by exposing him to his winning arm wrestling talents, all the while trying to be taken by his eeeeevil rich grandfather and his bumbling henchmen during a one to a million shot at an arm wrestling showcase.
You shouldn't expect anything good out of Over the Top just by looking at its poster. The film doesn't take itself seriously nor should it be taken seriously - it's a mess that only could have worked at the box office in the 80s. Sly, at the time, was every 80s kid's badass hero. Rambo and Rocky were very big at the time - Over the Top is less Sly action and introduces a heroic father approach that lessens his badass image. The acting is horrible, overdone and doesn't help with the just as awful plot. It stinks of poor continuity, a hope at exposing the underground sport of arm wrestling to film, and stupidly ridiculous sequences (one that really and hilariously dumbstruck me is literally a nine year old driving a car in a serious, ambitious effort). The plot tends to flip flop between a dramatized divorce soap opera and the hardcore arm wrestling scene. Arm wrestling's popularity at the time was practically nonexistent - why choose it when you could have chosen professional wrestling or something instead? Pro wrestlers like Terry Funk are even in the film. Over the Top serves as a cheap laugh and nothing else - it shows how much some of us really expected from Sly and how much of it really was awful.
Stupefyingly awful movie. Sly tries to gain custody of his son while also competing in a world championship of arm wrestling for no real reason (what's next, thumb wrestling?) Boring, soppy, inept, Stallone's attempt at subtley (with him talking more quietly) is actually difficult to hear what he's saying! Turn subtitles on for this one. Actually, read a book instead!