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Super Reviewer
½ January 31, 2013
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.
Super Reviewer
July 18, 2010
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.
Super Reviewer
½ October 8, 2009
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.
Super Reviewer
September 7, 2008
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!
Super Reviewer
February 17, 2008
The title just barely begins to describe this.
Super Reviewer
October 5, 2007
Arm Wrestling. Here is one of those topics where you don't see movies on everyday. Just like Balls of Fury did with ping pong.The story is actually pretty lame and somewhat corny. Basically it comes down to Sylvester Stallone arm wrestling for the custody of his son. The arm wrestling part of this film isn't so bad, but it just takes too long to get to it. The first hour of this 90 minute movie is all drama and emotion. This film tries to build up the relationship between Hawk(Stallone) and his son. It is sweet and all, but it just ends up boring. It is just too much to endure before you actually get to the arm wrestling. You have to wait even longer for the full-on matches since the film rushes through the early rounds as if it was yesterdays news. It would have been nice to have had this film revolve around the tournament itself, rather than just adding it on for the finale.The acting is only OK. Stallone was meant for action movies and every so often he can pull off a drama. An example of a successful drama is Copland. This film is not one of his successes. I don't think most people will consider arm wrestling as action scenes either.There are many other Stallone films out there and most of them are better than this. Try Copland if you want to see a great Stallone film that doesn't involve action.
Super Reviewer
½ August 8, 2007
A fun country-flavoured sports competition movie. Arm wrestling seems less exciting than boxing and wrestling, but the variety of competitors shown in this movie is fun. Stallone is tough and funny as usual. It's a rough world, and a bit of a shock that a kid would be introduced to it; but it works.
Super Reviewer
½ November 26, 2006
This is a horrible, horrible movie. Kenny Loggins soundtrack and all.
Super Reviewer
½ November 21, 2006
Awesome movie ever made about arm wrestling at the first time I watched.
Super Reviewer
½ June 13, 2006
Fight for your son! Yeah! Through Arm Wrestling Matches! Hell Yeah!
Super Reviewer
March 5, 2006
Kenny Loggins said it best: Meet me half way....Across the sky. A real tear jerker.
Super Reviewer
July 5, 2013
Sylvester Stallone leads the cast in Over the Top, a campy and heartwarming family film. The story follows long haul truck driver Lincoln Hawk as he takes his estranged son Mike on a road trip, but he'll have to fight to keep him when Mike's grandfather attempts to get custody. The plot's not that bad, except for when it tries to be a sports film about arm wrestling (which is just weird). Still, the arm wrestling championship is so incredibly cheesy that it's fun. And Stallone has the charisma to sell just about anything, making it rather easy to go on this ride with him. Additionally, the film has a great soundtrack that features some classic '80s hits such as "Meet Me Half Way," and "Winner Takes It All." Though there's some unevenness, Over the Top has a charm to it that makes it entertaining and fun.
Super Reviewer
½ August 24, 2011
Full Review Coming!
Super Reviewer
January 4, 2010
Sly Stallone stars as Lincoln Hawk, a father who is desperately trying to get to know his son whom he deserted years earlier. He ends up entering an arm wrestling tournament to win some extra cash and the approval of his son.
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.
Super Reviewer
½ December 20, 2007
Doesn't matter how unintentionally hilarious this is (and, oh my, there's not a single laugh-free scene in this movie), it doesn't take away the fact that it's a Sylvester Stallone movie ABOUT FUCKING ARM-WRESTLING! As the film's only defense, it's not over-the-top, just plain bad.
Super Reviewer
½ July 4, 2008
The greatest arm wrestling movies of all time. Need I say more?
Super Reviewer
March 10, 2008
i loved this movie and i remeber got us all arm wrestling upon its release wish stallone would put out movies like this still topday he might still have a career
March 31, 2016
I once drove a doom buggy.

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!"

Grade: C+
½ March 28, 2016
Over the Top's title also serves for its quality. It's a cheesy, ridiculous crapfest that lessens Stallone's iconic badass roles into that of a Dutch-like style (remember that film?), complete with a dumb premise for a dumb "sport".
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.
March 18, 2016
Over the Top (1987) ?
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!
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